Flogging the Quill, Crafting a Novel that Sells, is
- a one-book remedy for a host of beginner-novelist ailments
- a tune-up for published authors
- a resource for editors and their clients
Rich with advice and coaching from editor/author Ray Rhamey, Flogging the Quill ranges wide but with a single focus: lifting your novel manuscript to a publishable, professional level.
The first section, Storytelling, covers creating tension and the “care factor,” what drives a plot, the six vital story ingredients, and tools for spotting shortcomings in a narrative.
In Description, writers learn how experiential description characterizes, plus how to handle the tricky character-description hurdle, staging, and overwriting.
The Dialogue section helps writers avoid leaden overuse of dialogue tags, enliven dialogue with action beats, and deliver the sound of dialogue.