A Fine Line

It’s that scene in a novel where a reader’s mood can quickly change from relaxed to agitated. It’s the point where the author inadvertently crosses a fine line, risking the loss of the reader’s attention. This can open the possibility of the book being put aside, never to be visited by that reader again. The line may be crossed when the writer decides to fill in background details without taking the time to thoroughly research them.

Integrating the characters’ stories may require hours of  research. Obviously, a story set in Kansas would not have a scene with the characters planning a trip through one of its deserts. Again…obvious. When writing a novel, it’s important to hit the books, and the internet, to gather valid, factual and historical data in an effort to present the work of fiction as accurately and true-to-life as possible. Continue reading

Writers’ Resolutions

cropped-header.jpgSpeaking with a friend, and fellow writer, I found that I was not the only one with several (five, actually) “novels-in-progress” which pretty much are a result of four, successful, NaNoWriMo challenges. One of them is, of course, of my own prompting when first I decided to write a novel. From this conversation I realized that we are, most likely, two out of thousands who’ve found themselves in this same situation. As we begin another new year we realize we have now been afforded another opportunity to bring at least one, possibly more, of these products of our imaginations to their intended conclusion, submission, and hopefully…publication.  Continue reading

Don’t delete! What to do with scenes edited out of your novel.

Stop...don't delete those words from your novel.

Stop…don’t delete those words from your novel.

Whether it’s the first, rough draft of your novel, or your final edit, it’s inevitable that you, or your editor, may want to remove sentences, or scenes. That’s okay. Most likely, it’s necessary. However, whatever you do…don’t delete them. Don’t banish them to that cyberspace eternity, leaving them to dissolve and disappear into some unknown infinity…alone and abandoned.

Instead, protect them and save them in a separate file, reserving them for another time. It’s been helpful for me to follow this practice. I’ve found I have gone back to that file often, always grateful I’d been able to rescue these previously rejected words and place them in their new place, in a new story.  Continue reading

Literary Fiction vs. Genre Fiction

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A literary fiction genre, with a retrospective narrative voice is what I’d determined the novel I’m writing to be, and still do. Except I’ve recently had some reservations on a definitive genre and probably will just write it and let my

readers determine what it should be considered once it’s published. This is the best thing for me to do, I’m sure, after reading way too many articles on “genre” and coming to the conclusion to not spend any more time trying to decide where my novel will stand in this arena.

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