Today: More from SCBWI!
Keynote speaker Gail Carson Levine, author of Ella Enchanted, gave a talk entitled "Sweat and Magic"-- and promptly informed us that it, like writing, would be 90% sweat. Here are two pieces of wisdom paraphrased from my notes.
ONE: When you get to a choice in your plot, make a list of possibilities. Nothing is stupid. After all-- a pumpkin turning into a cart is, at first glance, a ridiculously stupid idea. But if a storyteller hundreds of years ago hadn't had the courage to take that chance, our very culture would be different.
(No pressure or anything.)
ETA: Guest blogger Cherie l'Ecrivain at The Rejectionist has a semi-related post, in which she points out that readers are also more willing to accept "coincidence" and "fate" early in the story.
For more great info from Gail's speech, check out the SCBWI official conference blog.