HOW TO DECIDE WHAT TO CUTThe past week has been a brain full of information. Incorporating scenes and sequels into your novel can seem overwhelming. If you’re like me, I learned about these small units of plot building well after I starting book 1.
What I realized was that I needed a lot more tension — a mean a lot more. There were scenes that were so full of description that it took away from the power of the story. Continue reading
FIGURING OUT THE PLOT TO YOUR NOVEL
Here’s the thing. Sometimes in fiction, we have no problem creating the setting. We imagine gigantic skyscrapers that formally watch over the metropolis. Or we create quaint homes that hide beneath the brush, allowing wandering vines to trickle up the banisters.
We also have our characters. The sassy, smooth talking heroine who is still just a sucker for love. And we have the hero who is far beyond dumb, but somehow he manages to ask the right questions so that the reader can remain informed. We have our side characters whose only purpose, no matter how much we fight against it, is to make our main characters look better. Even though our side characters are three-dimensional in every sense of the word. Continue reading