Last week we worked on a scene in your novel. This week, look at your book in larger chunks. Is a particular scene necessary? Or chapter? It’s OK to write long in the first draft, but don’t forget to go back through and take out the warm-up exercises when you revise.
You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.
In a flat character arc, the character is already at their best potential. In this case, the world is changed by the character instead of the character changed by the world. Can you think of some good stories where this dynamic makes an engaging story?
It can be hard to know the best place to begin a scene (or chapter, or book) before it’s written, but your first instinct isn’t always the best. Go back over a scene you have already written and try deleting a paragraph or two at the beginning. Does removing that segment take away something vital from the story? If not, strengthen the scene by starting it as close to the important action as possible.
Shakily may not be a four letter word, but in my opinion it’s much worse. It’s clunky and irritating, and has been in every book I’ve listened to over the last six months. At least a dozen times, each.
Say the word out loud.
Doesn’t it sound awkward?
I believe, though most adverbs are just redundant, they can add to the meaning of a sentence when used in a Continue reading