Friday, October 2, 2015

Trunk Novel Call!

If you've listened to us for a while now, you know that we try to do a trunk novel segment now and again. This basically means that someone sends in a few pages from an old story they've abandoned (put in the trunk), then we read and critique it into the mic. Not only is this a hilarious reminder of how bad we all once were, it's also a great learning opportunity. Every story has its own problems, after all, and the best way to learn how to spot them is by reading (or listening) to them in different contexts.

But we need your help! Michelle, Giles, and I all have lots of trunk novels we can go through, except that we know it's boring to hear our words over and over again. We want to record a trunk novel segment during our recording session tomorrow and, if you don't want to hear another one of ours, you need to send us some of yours!

We already read a fantastic (or horrible, depending on your point of view) trunk novel from Veronica R. Calisto, and we want to read more from listeners. Take the first few pages of any old story you've written that hasn't seen the light of day in a couple of years and send it to us at beyondthetrope (at) gmail (dot) com with permission to read it on the air, and we'll help you dissect it. Who knows, you might even figure out how to fix all of its problems! And don't worry about it being the worst thing anyone's ever written in the history of stories--we all have that one book, and some of us have shared it already.

Emily is really looking forward to reading all of your trunk novels instead of another one of hers. She's also quite excited about Fall finally beginning to show up, but that's a completely different story.

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