Monday, April 1, 2013

End of the Road

Hello everyone! We're super sorry to say it, but we just couldn't make the site work out. People have lots of different priorities, and many of us simply didn't have the time to fit TSW into their schedules. We are, however, happy to leave up what we've posted thus far on the site, in the hopes that anyone who wants to go back and read one of our posts will be able to.

If you want to contact us for any reason, just leave a comment on this post and we'll see it!

Thanks so much for the time we got to spend with you,
The Sleepless Writers

Monday, March 18, 2013

Prompt-Lady


Hello, you!

Hannah again. Your friendly neighborhood Prompt-Lady.

This beautiful month happens to be the month for ALL OF THE MIDTERMS for me, so I should probably definitely be staring at rock-categorizing charts while solving the difference of some rational expressions and chanting Spanish verb-conjugations under my breath.

But before I return to my cave of nearly-eternal studying, let me toss you a short-but-sweet one:

Think of someone you know, and turn them into a character with super powers.

Probably as roughly based on them as possible. With maybe a different name. Possibly without ever telling them.

HAVE FUN!

I will see you eventually and hopefully without feverishly shouting at you in Spanish. 


Thursday, March 14, 2013

The ReWrite Problem

I've got a problem with rewriting. And editing.

You see, I finish a manuscript, and whenever I go back to edit, instead of editing, I just rewrite the whole book. My book, The Assassin, I've probably rewritten it fifteen times, but as far as just going through and editing?

Ha.

Maybe twice.

I've always got an excuse. Oh, I need to fix this plot hole, or oh, this plot line will be fixed, and it's such a big plot line, I need to rewrite the whole book.

Friday, March 8, 2013

The New Deal with New Adult

While genres aren't sometimes as clear cut as they want to be - there's a new emergence, according to some, of more adults reading YA fiction - there has been a sort of awakening for those in the New Adult genre. Not sure what NA really means? Well, hopefully we can debunk it.


For those who are a little fuzzy on what Young Adult (YA) entails, here's a refresher: these stories generally geared for adolescents and young adults - those stuck right in those pesky teenage years - and are often seen as problem novels, or coming of age. Yes, there are a number of adults (18+) who read YA stories, but the Young Adult Library Services of the American Library Association defines a young adult as someone between the ages of twelve and eighteen.

Which gives you a good picture of the age ranges of the main characters.

New Adult is a genre that slides between YA and Adult. Often the characters are in their late teens or early twenties, and, while considered adults, are still trying to find their way in the world. These are characters striking out on their own or going to college and experiencing another sort of coming of age. Marketing wise it has a target age group of eighteen to thirty, and has a lot of crossover appeal within the YA bracket and the Adult market.

As with both YA and NA, it encompasses all genres, from fantasy to contemporary and everything in between. Those who are thinking about writing NA will find it typically has higher word counts (70,000 - 100,000) than YA (55,000 - 90,000).

If you have questions or comments, feel free to drops us an email or leave us a comment in the space below.


Monday, March 4, 2013

What is Writing?

Hello all you beautiful humans. 
And maybe not-so-humans. 
This is Deena again, bringing you a kinda shortish post today, but I hope it's still worth your time.


What is writing?
Is it putting a pen to paper? Is it a series of squiggles formed to make coherent letters, then words, then sentences?
Is it telling a story?

And what about editing?
Is it a completely different job? Is it something that someone does to your story to make it better? Is it red ink blots all over your precious work of fiction?

Maybe you think, "Hey, I'm a writer, dang it. I write. Editors have jobs for a reason. They're there to do all my editing for me."

Actually, they're not.

You see, if you want to be an author, published and read, then you have to be both. The author AND the editor.
Editors catch things that are inconsistent or spelled wrong. They might catch a comma in the wrong place, or a missing period. <- no pregnancy puns, please. They know where you need to expand or remove, but they don't know your world like you do.

That, and how annoyingg is it, to, read, this. Like, seriusly? Now, imaGine trying to edit, this. An entire book, like this. Yup. This. Annyong right? I know. You don;t have to tell, me twice.

OK, so maybe the above is a bit overboard. But the fact still remains, editors are professionals. For all intents and purposes, they are perfectionists when it comes to writing. To read something with excessive mistakes would be the emotional equivalent of fingernails on a chalkboard.

My point here is that if you want to be taken seriously you have to know how to edit. Ask anyone that's published, they re-wrote their book a dozen times. Either that or they edited to shreds as they went along. But before they submitted to an agent guess what they did?

THEY WENT BACK AND EDITED.

Writing and editing -- they're like peanut butter and jelly.
Ying and Yang. Lucy and Ethel. Pink and purple. Cake and ice cream.

Get it?

They link arms and skip down the sidewalk belting the chorus of Michelle Branch's song "We Belong Together."

To sum this all up: you have to be an amateur editor to be a successful writer.




Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Prioritizing Those Plot Bunnies

You're lying in bed, trying to sleep while your mind races. All those thoughts that you managed to shove into the back of your mind come rushing back to you when suddenly, one thought leads to another, and a new story idea forms.

The above scenario has happened to me so many times, and I know I'm not the only one who has had new plot ideas form this way. With so many plot bunnies floating around inside your mind, sometimes it's hard to focus on a specific story. It's especially hard when you do get new plot bunnies in the middle of the night. So how do you decide which one is actually worth the time or not?