Welcome to part two of How to Make Your Writing Sing Through Editing. In Part One we looked at how to work on your narration and character. Now we’ll look at scenes and do a final polish.
As a writer you have the opportunity to make the world, any world, and it can be as filled with rainbows or as dark and depressing as you want – so long as your characters see it that way. Scene setting is a big part of writing. Without it your readers can be lost as to where your story (or even just a scene) is taking place and without this context they may find your story difficult to follow. But setting isn’t just influenced by the time and place in which your story takes place but by the emotions of your POV character. Continue reading
Writing is fun. Writing the first draft is a lot like starting a new relationship, there’s so much to explore and so much excitement. Writing is a wonderful creative process.
Editing is none of those things.
But it is vital to turning your work into something that other people will really want to read. That’s not to say that the first draft you write isn’t good but through editing you’ll make it SO much better. How much better? Maybe better enough that someone will want to publish it. Continue reading
You’ve probably heard the phrase, ‘write what you know’. If we all took that advice literally there’d be no end to the mundane stories and books out there. Instead we take that advice to mean that we should use out experiences and feelings to inform our work.
Late last year I heard that my novel, All My Father’s Secrets, wasn’t shortlist for the Ampersand Prize run by Hardie Egmont. I was also told that my book wasn’t right for their list, meaning that they don’t, or don’t currently, publish books like the one I had written. Boo hoo me.
You know what a protagonist is, right? It’s the main character in your story. Easy-peasy. So what’s the fourth protagonist and why should you keep it in mind when you’re writing? Continue reading