The Mechanics of Writing…
…Or, the mistakes we are all guilty of, especially me… No matter what form your writing may take, there are a few givens that always apply.
- Overly long sentences are to be avoided at all costs – GUILTY!
- Too much or too little punctuation, combined with unnecessary use is also to be avoided – GUILTY!
- Too much descriptive narrative is not desirable – GUILTY!
- Too little, or too much conversation between characters either annoys the reader, or bores them to death – GUILTY!
- Don’t be afraid to make your characters three dimensional – VERY GUILTY!
- Avoid overly long paragraphs – GUILTY!
- Determine what is the appropriate length for each chapter – not sure? Ask your editor – GUILTY!
- Don’t be afraid to change a word when the offending word has another form far more suitable – GUILTY!
- Be highly critical of your own work, why, because your editor surely will be, that’s why – GUILTY!
At the time when that sentence first leapt from my mind onto this computer screen it made sense. But does it now – no, not really.
Don’t think that spending hours each day working your way through several chapters at a time will solve the problem – it won’t, you need to be fresh and wide awake.
Do what I do – take one chapter each day. Go through it several times. Stop for a cup of tea/coffee often.
Above all, don’t treat your writing efforts as a chore.
And, when your editor fires your work back to you with his/her suggested corrections, don’t take umbrage. Take what they say on the chin, learn from them.
Now if only I would take my own advice – sigh…
CASE PROVEN – GUILTY AS CHARGED YOUR HONOUR!