By: Robin Laborde
A special two-part Write Brain:
The New Zebulon
Amy Armstrong, Presenter
250 Words That Will Make or Break You
Natalie Mae, Presenter
The August Write Brain began with an update about the 2020 Zebulon Contest, including TWO double-sided pages of information about what has changed during the contest’s year-long hiatus. A few of the more notable changes:
- Contest entries will be accepted through Submittable rather than a custom-built portal.
- The short story category is back!
- No more query round, but a synopsis is still required. (Darn.)
- The Zebulon will offer monetary prizes only in 2020, rather than discounts on conference registration.
See the Zebulon Rules for the latest information and deadlines.
250 Words to Beef Up
After the break, YA author Natalie Mae shared tips for beefing up your first paragraph. In an unexpected but super helpful twist, she began her presentation by sharing an early version of the first paragraph of her novel Duplicitous and comparing it to the published version. The exercise clearly demonstrated the improvements she made, including that oh-so-important delicious first line. For even more insight into Natalie’s journey to publication, visit her website.
Robin Laborde is not sure exactly how long she has been a member of Pikes Peak Writers but she enjoys it very much. She worked as a technical writer for over ten years and has had nonfiction articles published in newspapers and magazines. She is currently writing a speculative fiction novel and working part-time at the East Library in Colorado Springs.