Ask Daphne! About Two Points of View

August 31st, 2012

A question today from Tamara, on the topic of queries: I recently finished my manuscript and, after numerous revisions, finally came up with a query letter I’m happy with. In the meantime, I had a few beta readers looking at my book. On the advice of some of them, I’m considering switching the first two […]

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Onstage versus Off

September 12th, 2011

There’s a line in the play and movie version of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard that goes: We do on stage things that are supposed to happen off. Which is a kind of integrity, if you look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else. And it got me thinking this […]

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From The Archives: About Story Beginnings

July 13th, 2011
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While I’m on vacation this week, I’m diving into my archives for a look at some of my favorite old posts. You voted on what you want to see, and this is the result. The following was originally published in April of 2010. Enjoy! It’s been a while since I’ve answered some of your questions, […]

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Ask Daphne! About Story Beginnings

April 19th, 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve answered some of your questions, so I think that’s going to be the plan for this week. If you have a burning publishing or writing question you’d like me to address in a future post, send me an email at daphne.unfeasible@gmail.com. Today’s question comes from Barb, who writes: I’m […]

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Ask Daphne! Tense much?

May 13th, 2008

Friend-of-the-blog Jean O. writes, “I have heard a lot of smack talk about using the present tense when writing a novel. Yet, I see it used frequently in chick lit and find that it works quite well for me as a reader. Is this tense (and point of view) something that agents are on the lookout for or secretly despise?”

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