Tracy Marchini

Freelance editor, children's writer and occasional word inventor.

Revision Checklist: Motivation

Have you asked yourself these questions about your latest work-in-progress? 1.) What does my protagonist want? Emotionally, what are they seeking? (Revenge, approval, etc.) Physically, what goal are they trying … Continue reading

March 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Building Your Submission List: Making Better Targeted Submissions To Agents and Editors

Looking to query more effectively? Follow these tips to get closer to the agents/editors that are looking for your manuscript: 1.) Make sure you’ve correctly identified the genre that your … Continue reading

March 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Writing Prompt: Usable Repetition

Your character has been finding a similar phrase, image or object everywhere she goes. What is this object or phrase, and what kind of event does it always foreshadow? Focus … Continue reading

March 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

4 Ways Repetition Kills Your Manuscript

1.)    Repetition Of A Single Word I commonly see words repeated within the same sentence, or in several sentences back to back.  For example: The boy picked up the bag … Continue reading

March 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Revision Checklist: Character

Struggling with character? Look at your major characters with the following in mind: – Is it clear what my protagonist and antagonist want emotionally and physically? – Do my character’s … Continue reading

March 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Facts of Life: Building a Living, Breathing Character Without… You Know, All the Breathing.

Okay, so everybody poops. And we all eat, breathe, fart (except women, according my mother), burp, blink, scratch, etc. But how do you integrate the facts of life with a … Continue reading

March 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Common Query Pitfalls: The Passive Character

One of the most common “query letter red flags” that I see is the query letter with a passive character. At the agency, when I would read a query letter with … Continue reading

March 14, 2013 · 3 Comments

Thinking About Writing A Picture Book?

I had a friend whose mother was interested in writing picture books, and I thought this (slightly edited) email that I wrote her would come in handy for my lovely … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Writing Prompt – Non-fiction Exercise

My agent and I have been talking non-fiction recently, so here’s a quick exercise to get you thinking about it too! Make a list of “When, Where, What, Why and … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · 2 Comments


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