12 October 2010

Writing Update

The journey continues. I'm trekking on with Persian Flames, but I thought I'd take a side tour with this post and mention a couple of pet writing peeves.

1. Words that creep in. Like "that". Other wicked words that my fingers almost type by themselves include "almost", "looked" (my characters are very visual) and "said". Too many "said's" mean I'm not showing what my characters are doing while they speak their witty dialogue.

2. A tendency to skip lightly over a tense scene. I've mentioned before, I'm a coward re conflict. But a writer has to wallow in the blood and entrails. Then the reader enjoys the cleaned up version.

As you can see, my critical internal editor is on the job.

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