One of the first tasks in revising my current WIP has been to nail down a firm time line for my story. When does all this stuff happen? I had it vaguely placed in the 21st century, but I didn’t want to nail it down specifically.
I was wondering if you could go into those scenes that aren’t so definitive. For example, sometimes I have scenes I can really visualize because something physical and tangible is happening, but then there’s always that time of reflection afterward I have a harder time “seeing” these in my mind’s eye which can sometimes make them harder to plan out in scene form, meaning, figuring out the beginning, middle and end, etc.
My husband and I recently watched a movie that was doing everything right, but still fell flat, because it didn’t offer anything we hadn’t seen dozens of times before.
This week’s video shows you how to balance foreshadowing and misdirection in your fiction to create resonance without giving away your story’s ending.
As an author, your style is everything. When it comes to certain writers, style is something that readers will take note of before plot, characters, or any part of the actual substance of your writing. You don’t have to be a student of literature to see the differences in the writing styles of Ernest Hemingway and Douglas Adams.
So a few days ago a funny thing happened where two people suggested basically the same post, on two different social media channels. One requested a post, one requested a vlog, and I ultimately decided a post would be more suited for this question, so. Here we go.
Business of writing
When I hear Richard Nash speak, I always remember it long after: the way everyone in the audience is completely alert from beginning to end, how his energy fills the room and crackles, and the way he gleefully uses a series of F-bombs to emphasize key points. After listening to Nash, I immediately feel smarter as well as more confident that publishing will be all right as long as he’s somehow in it.
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