Monthly Archives: July 2011

WS 30: Caleb Warnock 3 first page critique part 2

This is our last interview with Caleb Warnock and again we hear Caleb’s eagle eye for critiquing first pages. Ava, and Alice go next (Lillian was sick this night and feels bad she missed out on the harsh critiques) Ava and Caleb have an interesting discussion on using a youths voice in an adult novel- and how not to make it a middle grade book. Caleb goes right for Alice’s first line and calls it boring. Find out why…

Thanks for coming on the podcast, Caleb. We look forward to a rematch (bring your first page next time, lol)

He will give four free online writing lessons to everyone who sends him an email to calebwarnock@yahoo.com by July 31 2011. And also, leave a comment to be entered to win a signed copy of his book! Just as before, each comment counts towards one entry- so comment often. Also, if you post on other websites, facebook, twitter or blog about us that also gives you extra entries.

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WS Ep 29: Caleb Warnock 2 first page critique part 1

Okay people, here is your chance to see what Caleb can do to a first page. Each of the Writing Snippets Crew who attended this podcast brought their first page of one of their novels. Today we get to hear about Lauren’s and Nichole’s. We learned a lot and I know you will too. Especially the parts about choreography and emotion. Also, for those of you writing YA, Caleb explains the trend that is so in force right now that you would have a hard time getting published unless you follow it. By the way, how is your narrative voice?

He will give four free online writing lessons to everyone who sends him an email to calebwarnock@yahoo.com by July 31 2011. And also, leave a comment to be entered to win a signed copy of his book! Just as before, each comment counts towards one entry- so comment often. Also, if you post on other websites, facebook, twitter or blog about us that also gives you extra entries.


Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

*****Update- because I am a dork. Here is the email writingsnippets@gmail.com

Three winners to be exact and we are grateful for your patience since we are a week late in picking them. But the numbers have been generated and counted and here they are the very lucky owners of the Jeffery Scott Savage beautiful hardback books signed by him. And if you didn’t win, go check out Jeff’s crazy insightful blog at http://jscottsavage.blogspot.com/, you won’t be sorry.

Winner #1 For the book The Fourth Nephite

ML Forman (we do not discriminate against well published and respected authors- plus he commented alot. Remember this is chosen all by random. Check out his blog too)

Winner #2 For the book Far world book 1

John D Payne

Winner #3 for the book Far World #2

Cara

If John and Cara have a blog we can check out too, let us know in the comments.

Congrats to all three winners and Email us your information so we can mail these out to you!!

We have really loved the comments and insights posted this past month- we have very talented listeners.

Keep in mind, even though you have won from our website once,  you can win again another month.

Thanks everyone!


WS 28: Caleb Warnock interview

Alice interviews Caleb Warnock. Caleb has quite a padded job resume’,  as he will tell you in the podcast, everything from writer to teacher and even running his own press. He even has time for organic gardening and chicken raising. The garden got Ava and Lauren very excited.

He also talks about why he turned down an agent, some of is past students who have made it onto the new york times best sellers list (Hush, Hush anyone?) and Nebula winner, Eric James Stone, He also mentions why his masters degree in writing did not teach him become a commercially successful writer.

The Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency used by the Mormon Pioneers. Will be released next month.

He will give four free online writing lessons to everyone who sends him an email to calebwarnock@yahoo.com by July 31 2011. And also, leave a comment to be entered to win a signed copy of his book! Just as before, each comment counts towards one entry- so comment often. Also, if you post on other websites, facebook, twitter or blog about us that also gives you extra entries.


WS 27: Avoiding Cliche Characters

Yes, we know that the new cliche is trying to avoid a cliche, but that won’t stop us from making you think about your cliche characters. (Besides, the lack of thinking about it seems a nice cop-out) No one here is saying lazy *cough*

What Cliche do you have a tendency to draw to in your own writing (not dating)?

Disclaimer: we do get a little silly in this podcast. We all would like to take this moment to blame Lillian. Thank you.

*The prizes for last month will not be up today. Sorry.

Have a safe 4th of July!