Writing styles change over time. Books you loved that were written years ago might not be publishable in today’s market. This week, pick out three contemporary books in the same genre of your story and plan to read them in your down time.
How polished does your writing need to be in a first draft? Are you content just to get the story down, or do you labor over every word before you can move on?
If you read my previous post, you know that I am sloshing through the muddy fields of learning to live a slow, more simplified life. I define the event as muddy because it hasn’t always been easy; it’s a whole lifestyle change and like anyone, I’m a creature of habit. But none the less, a creature with an endgame: a finished and polished novel and the dream of an agent to submit it to. Continue reading
In compelling drama, bad things happen to the characters; but ending scene after scene on a dark note can exhaust readers. Go back through your manuscript and make sure the negative doesn’t overshadow the positive. Strive for a healthy balanced mixture of both to keep your readers turning the pages.
It’s the last Friday of the month. We hope you’re pushing forward with the daily writing habit you established in February’s Write by Midnight challenge. Now is the time to assess your writing progress and make your schedule for next month.
Have you come up with your writing goals for April? If not, this weekend is the perfect time to do it.
Let us know how it’s going!