10 Writing Career Lessons from Disney’s Frozen

Frozen, as the highest grossing animated film of all time, has commanded the attention of filmmakers everywhere. There have been in-depth analyses of what makes a successful animated film and how Frozen hits those buttons. This is not that kind of post. Instead, let's imagine the characters of Frozen have turned writing coach - what words of writing advice can they share? What do their life anecdotes teach us about how to be better writers? How can we learn from their mistakes? Here are 10 writing career lessons out of the mouths of Frozen characters: Don't let them in, don't let them see - be the good girl you always have to be. Most writers start out writing for themselves, for the joy of it. Because they can't not write. However, there will come a point when someone will ask why you spend all your time with a computer screen and may ask to see the finished product... I have always been something of an exhibitionist,...
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Rejection is Encouragement: Agent Hunting Improved My Writing

Rejection letters piling up? Sick of putting yourself out there only to get knocked back? THERE IS HOPE! Listen up, querying writers: rejection during your quest for representation and publication is not the end of the world - in fact, it can be good for you and your writing! My own hunt for an agent ended without success. BUT my writing improved! To illustrate this, I contacted various literary agents who rejected my book and asked to share their comments with you. In April 2013, I participated in #carinapitch and ultimately landed myself a book deal with Carina Press. While I was waiting to hear back, I decided that I was in need of an agent. I had a newly-polished manuscript in hand and I was determined! I eagerly collated a list of agents and sent my partial out into the world. To say my first query letters were a disaster is an understatement. They were dire. I'm not even going to go there. Suffice...
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