Camp NaNoWriMo: Update 2

Hello everyone,

I know this update is a bit late in the game, but I just finished my second short story not too long ago. If you recall, the plan was to write a total of five short stories for Camp Nano. The second short story just did not want to end. I’ll have to go back and cut some out because I know there are some unnecessary parts in it. I made it up to 10,000 words for this story, and my overall goal is 25,000 for NaNoWriMo. I’m up to 20,000 words now, after starting the third short story that focuses on another sister.

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Camp NaNoWriMo: Update 1

Hello friends,

Good news. I have been working diligently on Camp NaNoWriMo this month, it’s been going very well so far. I’ve completed my first short story in the collection. Now, I have four more to go for the rest of this month. I don’t know, if I mentioned it before, but the short story collection is basically laying down the foundation  for my epic fantasy story I’m planning. It’s helping me to get a grasp of how the realms should look and the background of my characters. (Making up names is hard.) Each story centers around a different sister. These five sisters are the main protagonists for my fantasy series. (Well, one of them is the antagonist.)

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Michelle I. Mason

I posted once before about why titles are important, and agent Suzie Townsend also posted about titles here. What it comes down to is that for most agents, the title is your first impression. You include it in the subject line of your email, so even if it’s at the end of your query, it’s still the first thing an agent sees. I expect this is probably true of editors, too.

The title conveys the tone of your manuscript and–assuming it’s not a one-word title–gives a hint of your writing style. So, how do you come up with a title that makes an agent lean in and say, “I definitely want to see what that query’s about”? I haven’t quite perfected it, but here are some steps I take–not necessarily in this order.

1. List key words, including character names and descriptors. My initial brainstorm consists of throwing…

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