A Different Take on Manuscript Analysis

How to assess manuscripts? Here’s Staci Troilo’s take on it. I’m paying attention. .

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Ciao, amici! When my turn rolls around to post at Story Empire, I almost always tell you how I do something or how the industry does it: dialogue, media kits, story bibles, basic plots… I usually revert back to professor-mode and “instruct” you on the terminology and my and/or the writing community’s methodologies.

Today, I’m going to do something a little different. I hope you’ll bear with me.

At my day job, we’ve adopted the following terms into our corporate culture:

  • Yeah, yeah, yeah.
  • “Whoops.” followed by “Whoopsie.”
  • Yes, sir, I am.
  • “What happens if…” followed by “I don’t know.”
  • I’m going to need you to get all the way off my back about that.
  • (Fill in the blank) is/are tight.
  • “Why?” followed by “Because.” followed by “Okay, then.”
  • Wow, wow, wow.
    and probably everyone’s favorite
  • “How…?” followed by “Super easy. Barely an inconvenience.”

If you’re…

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