Dear Story Nurse, I'm not the kind of writer who can start editing a draft as soon as I'm done with it. By the time I stumble over the finish line of a novel-length project, I need some time to emotionally detach from the story before I can think about how I want to change … Continue reading #120: Separation Before Revision, Part Two
Without a degree of separation between book and self, revision is far more difficult, and may be impossible.
The secret secondary goal of NaNo is to learn how you write under pressure.
Focus on the opener as the reader's introduction to your world, your characters, your plot, and your style. You want to make an accurate first impression while putting your best foot forward.
Today is the fifth Tuesday of the month, which means that my answer to this heartfelt letter is available exclusively to my Patreon patrons.
You're asking me about how, but my questions back to you are about why. If you can grab hold of why you're focusing on writing original fiction and confirm that you really do want to be doing it, a lot of these pieces will fall into place.
One of the keys to making any narration style work is a firm sense of who's telling the story.
What I don't recommend is beginning at the beginning. Since you need an ending to work toward, begin with that ending.
My immediate question is, what do the characters want that isn't sex? I don't mean instead of, but in addition to.
Don't get too hung up on how you write if you aren't also considering what you write.