Got two minutes? Then check out this week’s quick tip ~ Clarify and Tighten your Writing by Using Concise and Logical Sentences
Hello and welcome…I am a freelance editor and an editor for The Wild Rose Press, as well as an author. I often struggle with my own writing, and I have found that sometimes, a little reminder of ways to improve the process can be helpful, so, I like to share these moments of brilliance with others :). But, in this busy world of ours, who has time for pages and pages of writing tips? That’s why I’ve condensed mine down to quick flashes you can read in (approximately) two minutes. Enjoy…
Disclaimer: All of my tips are suggestions, and are only my opinion. And, for the most part, there are exceptions when going against my advice will make your story read better. Take what works, leave the rest.
When two parts of a sentence are unrelated, readers can become annoyed and confused. Anything in your writing that makes a reader pause, that takes them out of the story, is inadvisable.
Dexter cocooned his victim tightly in plastic wrap, Debra had seemed suspicious this morning.
The fight with Sammy was the third one this week, she was past due for a manicure.
She loved to relax on Sundays, and she jumped in the shower.
The bus rocked along the rough streets, I hadn’t seen my family in twenty years.
See how these lines make you pause? It turns out, that the second part of the sentences can be related, but you need to separate them in order to make that clear.
Dexter cocooned his victim tightly in plastic wrap. His sister’s face rose in his mind’s eye, breaking his concentration. Debra had seemed suspicious this morning.
The fight with Sammy was the third one this week. Why did he always make her so angry? She held her trembling hands in front of her face. She snorted. Yet another thing she’d been neglecting…she was past due for a manicure.
She loved to relax on Sundays. But today she would have to forego her favorite activity. The birthday party started at noon. She jumped in the shower.
The bus rocked along the rough streets, drawing ever closer to my home town. Anxiety tightened my stomach. I hadn’t seen my family in twenty years.
So, be aware of your pacing as you’re going back through your story. Rather than rushing and cramming clauses together, consider your sentences and make sure the structure is concise and clear so that you engage readers and hold their interest, rather than annoying them and taking them out of the story.
Until next time…happy writing!
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How to write a novel? That is the question. There are probably as many answers to that question as there are people who ask it.
Wanting to write and actually doing it are two very different things. I am well acquainted with the sometimes grueling process of churning out a story. Over the years, I have tried many methods for creating and completing manuscripts, and have tweaked and honed it down to a workable (for me) process.
Using specific examples from one of my own novels, Without Mercy, I share my method in this mini how to book. The first eight steps actually deal with plotting while the last two are designed to help expand your outline into a well-developed draft. There is no one, perfect way to create a story, but there will be a method, or methods that work for you. I’m not sure if this is the one, but it works for me. Only you can decide if it also works for you. Fingers crossed that it does!
*** Warning – Please do not purchase without reading a sample. (This is solid advice for any book, fiction or non. If you are not intrigued in the sample, you will likely not enjoy the book)
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