My own twenty-twenty hindsight eventually leveled its critique as well. I had no subsequent acts at all, only a wham-bam opening
scene. What had been buried alive, by me, was my story, along with my chances of making that all-important boffo first-read impres-
sion on my agent. The object lesson here is this. Follow my advice, not my example. Tell your partytime buddy, ―Thanks, but no
thanks,‖ and never let The Wrong Idea about Ideas enter your storyteller‘s mind ever again.
Alice Orr is the author of sixteen novels, three novellas, a memoir, and No More Rejec-
tions: 50 Secrets to Writing a Manuscript That Sells. A former book editor and literary agent,
Alice now lives her dream as a full-time writer. She has two grown children and two per-
fect grandchildren and resides with her husband Jonathan in New York City.
Alice‘s latest book, A Time of Fear & Loving—Riverton Romantic Suspense Book 5, is
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