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!
Before you start writing your next scene, review what each character, not just the POV character, was doing before that scene started. Even if you don’t write those details down, knowing where each character starts off will inform your writing.
Sometimes, when I sit down to write a scene, everything clicks. Even the weird twists and diversions that come up while I’m writing flow and mesh. When that happens, it’s awesome.
Then there are the other times. Times when I think I know what I want to write, but get lost trying to put it into words. The scene gets longer and longer, but doesn’t actually go anywhere. Continue reading