First draft is tough. Plotting, conflict, character development and endings all present a daunting challenge.
Now the rewrite. Here is where the real inspiration comes in. It takes courage to cut superfluous and redundant dialogue as the word count shrinks. It takes stepping back an really visualizing that scene. What’s that on the floor? Whose eye twitches and how about that crow sitting on a fence just over a grave.
Smells – hot apple pie mixed with… what is that scent? A torn cuff, an odd cut on her cheek and that warn wind from the south all add to the mood, the character and the reader’s experience.
So often we fall in love with our words, but more likely they trigger our visual of everything that is happening, but on further examination, we see it, but it isn’t always written.
Tucking descriptions between paragraphs, thoughts between dialogue, small actions among the large, rewrites are the path to greatness.
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