...how objective you are about your own work?
Magical Musings has a guest agent blogging this week, Lucienne Diver of The Spectrum Literary Agency. Today, she spoke about what sets manuscripts apart. And as I read the list and the expanded description of the elements, I thought...Yeah, I do that.
Quirks: Your characters should live and breathe for you...
Voice: Your viewpoint character is the lens though which the reader sees the world...
Emotional connection: ...you’re best bet is to give us characters we can identify with and make the stakes personal enough so that we can’t stop turning the pages to find out what happens to them...
Background: Remember that a person is shaped by his or her background and build your characters accordingly...
Caveats: Your characters should become so real that they surprise you, but you still have to wrest back the story from them if they get carried away...
Okay, then why haven't I sold? Maybe I'm not as accurate about my work as I thought. Maybe I'm interpreting the description wrong.
Writer's Digest had an article some months ago--a list of ten things amateur writers do that keep them from getting published. I read all ten and cleverly told my husband that I don't do any of them.
"Are you sure?" he asked.
"Yes, I'm sure." How could he even ask? I was indignant, then quickly backed up my own insecurities with, "I read them all. I'm cognizant of them when I write. I avoid those mistakes with everything I write."
A year later, I don't have any doubt that I'm a better writer. I'm also a better self-editor. How much of a better writer and/or self-editor remains to be determined by others more qualified than myself--those editors I wonder if I'm understanding adequately.
Do you think you objectively judge your work? If yes, how? If no, do you think it's possible? A skill one could learn?