I’m going to tell you something that you don’t want to hear. I know you don’t because I don’t want to hear it either. But here goes.
Stop reading your novel.
I know I’ve said this before, but this time, I really mean it.
My Teachable Moment
Yesterday I had a very interesting day of writing. It had to do with a quick revision I’m doing on my latest novel. This was to be a kind of once-over before I send it to a trusted reader. I don’t want to do a huge, picky edit, just one that picks up the chunks and smooths out the prose a little.
By happenstance I hadn’t read the beginning of the book for six or seven months. I had been pulled away on other writing projects and the book got strung out, and so here I was revising material I hadn’t looked at in a very long time. And–drum roll–I knew how to fix everything. I had a clarity of insight that was remarkable. I cut out fat, clarified scenes, and completely rewrote a few of them, the God-awful ones. I’ll own up that I had a few. People had said to me before, “What is this scene about, really?” And I thought they were, you know, a little slow on the uptake.
Today I saw exactly what they meant. Read More…