In novels, “stage directions” are sections where the author begins listing a character’s visible actions without giving the thoughts or feelings associated with them. As a result, the reader is bombarded with useless information, unable to discern which actions are meaningful.
Month: March 2018
“Scene and sequel” doesn’t have to be mysterious writer talk. This simple formula will help you create the lean exciting plotlines readers crave. By mastering this technique, you can cut out all the dead weight and unlock your story’s true potential.
The love interest is an integral part of contemporary plot structure. But too often that character is little more than a pretty face designed to be the main character’s dream girl. Today’s love interest needs to be more than just a skirt waiting to be rescued. Make sure your love interest is a person who matters.
How I Celebrate a Win
This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group: a monthly blog hop therapy group for writers.
March 7 question – How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/ finish a story?
The short answer is: I don’t.
Perhaps I’m an overly pessimistic person, but I’ve never been one to count my chickens. The world is too quick to remind you that you aren’t as smart as you think.
As a beginning writer, I made the mistake of querying too early. Twenty queries turned into twenty rejections and my previously “finished” novel would undergo another round of edits in preparation for the next batch of queries, which would produce the same results. This cycle lasted until I had exhausted every agent in the query tracker database.
My next novel fared no better.
After doing this for years, I’ve decided not to celebrate tiny milestones. They don’t motivate me and one tiny checkmark on a hundred point list only serves as a reminder of how much further I still need to go. Even if I were to land an agent with my current WIP, the novel would get another round of edits before submissions, and then another from the publisher. As it stands, I see no reason to celebrate finishing something I know isn’t really finished. So maybe I’ll uncork the Champagne on the day the book is released, but by that time, I will probably have moved the bar to making the best-seller list. In any case, I have plenty of time to make up my mind.
As for smaller works, well, I celebrate those by checking my PayPal account.
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