I (erica) shared with you guys last week that the rejection I got on my full recently said that although I had an enjoyable story and an interesting concept, the strength of my writing was less than that of other books they had for consideration.
So, if you're me, the first thing you do is find out what that means. Sure, experience (reading and writing) helps. Also, adding more voice. Making the characters more real, the emotions more raw, and the actions more, well, action-y. But I've already done all that - more than once, way more than once - so what now? Another rewrite. Will that make the book more publishable?
I hope so.
Until then, these are the links I found to help me. I hope they help you, too! (btw, if your looking for writing resources on the web and you've exhausted your usual favorites, I highly recommend checking out this site: Writer's Knowledge Base. (just click on the titles to go to the links):
Creating "strong" YA female characters
Ten tips to improve your writing and then ten more.
Understanding your weaknesses
Quotes to help you through the writerly-dumpity-dos.
So, there's lots more, and I'll post them as I go, but frankly, if I see a blog with 800 (er, more like 10, but sometimes it feels like 800) links, I get overwhelmed and leave without looking at them. Just sayin'.
Have you posted any great links lately that will help me strengthen my writing? Or, even better, have you posted your own tips? Leave them in the comments!