Premise, Plot and Theme

One of my favorite agent blogs recently posted about plot…how to discern plot from theme from a hook. I broke out into a cold sweat as I read, memories of AP English returning to haunt me. My mind froze. I was one of those kids who said, “Why can’t we read the story [or poem] for enjoyment? Why do we have to analyze every…

Put It Away

Writers, agents and editors frequently advise new writers to put their supposed completed manuscript away for several weeks or even months. Don’t look at it. Don’t touch it. Do something else. Write a new book. Bake cookies. Create a garden. I thought I had taken that advice. I could put one manuscript down for a few days and work on the other. I’d alternate…