The Mechanics of Writing…
- 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!
Do what I do – take one chapter each day. Go through it several times. Stop for a cup of tea/coffee often.
If the weather is fine, get outside for a break away from those pesky words sitting there in front of you for an hour or so, they’ll still be there when you get back.
Above all, don’t treat your writing efforts as a chore.
Relax; enjoy watching that story/article slowly unfold in front of you.
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.
CASE PROVEN – GUILTY AS CHARGED YOUR HONOUR!