June 19th, 2012

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Rough draft requirements reminder

As we are now getting ever closer to the rough draft deadline on the 1st July we thought this was a good time to post a reminder of the rough draft requirements.



A minimum word count of 10,000 words.
We're not going to be totally tyrannical about this. If you're only at 8,000 words, but it's clear you're well on the way to finishing, that works for us. But if you're only at 1,000 words, we have a problem. Talk to us and let us know how you are getting on. We don’t bite..........hard.

A reasonably complete outline of any unfinished scenes.
The outline can be as complete (massively detailed descriptions of every remaining incident in the story) or as brief ("insert sex scene here") as you like.

A reasonable confidence that you will be able to finish the whole story (15,000 word minimum) by the September 23rd deadline.
This last bit is the most important. Since it gets handed to an artist at this point, we'd like for the artist not to work on something that isn't going to get done.

A short paragraph length summary/blurb that can be posted publicly on the comm for the artists to claim from.
This should give a good flavour of the story, but shouldn’t give everything away. You can see what people wrote last year here.

Remember you don’t need a title at this point, we all know that sometimes this can be the very last thing that you write :D.



At the end of the week we will be putting up a post detailing how to send us your rough draft and summary so please look out for that.

Finally, as always, if you have any questions about anything please get in touch, you can always PM one of the mod squad or send an email to: prosbigbang@gmail.com.
 
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Writing Tips

I found a series of posts by Josh Lanyon (one of my my favorite Pro's writers: JGL) on writing a m/m mystery. The topics he's covered and future posts are listed below, along with a link to the site. Some pretty good advice from a very good writer!

http://notyourusualsuspects.blogspot.ca/

A link to Josh's posts can be found along the left side of the page under the "How to" title.

Characterization in the Gay Mystery Novel - March 15
Setting in the Gay Mystery Novel - April 15
Plotting the Gay Mystery Novel - May 15
Theme in the Gay Mystery Novel - June 15
Clues and Red Herrings - July 15
Dialog in the Gay Mystery Novel - August 15
Sex and the Gay Mystery Novel - September 15
Writing a Gay Mystery Series - October 15
Pulling it all together - Final Question & Answer Session - November 15