All the content advisories for my book!

I finally figured out the content advisories for my book and it turns out there are a lot. But what did you expect? It’s high fantasy.

Recently I learned some literary agents want trigger warnings (content warnings, content advisories, whatever your favourite term is) in the query letters they receive. This was a new idea to me, but I want to do what I can to make agents happy.

So what are the trigger warnings for the manuscript I’m querying?

More fundamentally, what kinds of things do people want to be warned about. Did you know there are lists of possible trigger warnings?

This was starting to get fun. I skimmed the list given in the link, which looked pretty comprehensive, and realised I was about to learn some new words.

What is ‘amisia’? Not even my dictionary knows.

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How long does it take to write a book?

I tried to add up how long it took me to write my current book. The answer was quite a long time.

How many drops of water are there in a drink bottle?

How big is a tree?

How many clouds are there in the sky?

How hot is soup?

How many dragons are there in a flock?

I have lots more meaningless questions, but I’m sure you get the idea. I can’t tell you how long it takes to write a book, but I’m getting closer to knowing how long it took me to write my current book.

Let’s pretend you care about that, and I’ll tell you.

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Weird things happen when you read 300 Query Shark queries

In preparation for querying agents, I started to read all 347 Query Shark entries. As I read, weird things began to occur. I blame the Great Cat.

I see querying in my future. Yes, I’ve decided I’m going to have a go at getting an agent for my nearly-complete WIP. (Sign up for my monthly updates to get the inside story once I start.)

As I finish editing, I’m starting the next stage: writing my query. I drafted my first query for this book years ago. Actually, fifteen versions thereof. (Don’t worry, I never sent them anywhere.)

This time I’m doing it right. I’m following instructions.

I’m reading all 347 entries of Query Shark.

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A plan for overcoming writer’s block

I’ve been struck by creativity paralysis, aka writer’s block. My plan for overcoming it is to binge read these highly recommended books.

About a week ago I was confident about my writing. I was excited about starting to write the sequel to my current WIP, and you guys convinced me it was okay to do that rather than working on my unrelated book.

Then with three hours free, I got ready to sit down for some brainstorming… and got some stressful news from work.

Fyi, I resigned from that job. I left that job several weeks ago. It should no longer be following and stressing me.

I tried to put all work thoughts aside and started brainstorming.

I came up with lots of ideas… and loathed all of them.

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To sequel or not to sequel?

I know it’s a bad idea to write a sequel to my current WIP right now, but I really really want to.

The draft of the novel I’ve been working on since 2015 is currently with beta readers (for the third time), and I find myself facing a difficult decision.

I want to write something new while I wait, but what should I write?

I started an unrelated book–which I’m going to call “Desert” for the sake of clarity–and got 30k words in before deciding I wanted to change everything and basically start over. So I could have a second go at that one.

There’s a lot that I like about it, but the problem is that I’m not excited about it right now. What I really want to work on is the sequel to my book that’s with beta readers. (I’ll call that one “RoDS”.)

Unfortunately there are lots of reasons that’s a bad idea.

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