Dear Novelist: To Edit or not to EditDEAR NOVELISTDear Novelist: To Edit or not to Edit2 years ago in Writing More Like This
To Edit Or Not To Edit
(or when to lock the inner editor in a dungeon guarded by a fire-breathing dragon).
You are reading this either because:
a) You are a writer on a quest to improve your craft,
b) You want to see what another writer says on this particular subject, or
c) You are bored.
If the first, I pray you find some use in this little guide. If the second, treat me kindly, I beg you. If the last, I suggest you find some better way in future to spend your wayward hours (like, maybe write a novel).
If there is a major pitfall common among novelists, no matter our genre, it is our inner editor. You know, that little voice (or deafening voice, as the case may be) which prompts you to cease in the midst of your writing and double-check that last sentence. Or it may scream at you to look back on your previous chapter, where you discover—Heaven forbid!—a plot hole.
So often we heed that little voice as though it were Jiminy
Writing Chapters Tutorial v.2DaGrblz's Process to Writing ChaptersWriting Chapters Tutorial v.26 years ago in Writing More Like This
Step 1: Plot Planning
Make a sort of timeline for your whole story.
-Draw a line across a paper
-Start the first entry at the very beginning, but write tiny and sideways, so there is room for every event on your timeline.
-This timeline gives general ideas of what will happen in the story.
-Now go back and mark the events of bigger importance and/or indicates a time skip/flashback in the story.
-This organizes my thoughts of where to begin and end a chapter.
Step 2: Chapter Planning
Write out the specific events of the chapter you are about to write.
-Get a piece of notebook paper and write bullet point after bullet point of happenings in this chapter.
-Try not to put it in complete sentences, unless you have a quick idea or dialogue you don't want to forget.
-You don't have to skip lines every time you start a new bullet point. This wastes space on the notebook paper, and I myself just squish al
7 Quick Tips for Writing Dialogue1) Dialogue in fiction is nothing like how people talk in real life. It’s fine to use "as heard in real-life" phrasing, but real-life dialogue is often meaningless. Every single word spoken in fiction must be dripping with meaning. If it has more than one meaning (subtext), all the better.7 Quick Tips for Writing Dialogue7 months ago in Writing More Like This
2) Start the conversation late and exit early. No one wants to read small talk, hellos, or goodbyes unless they add meaning to the story … which is almost never.
3) Dialogue should always progress the plot or character development. No info dumping in dialogue, please. Only put quotation marks around what you can actually envision the character saying in that particular scene, knowing and feeling what that particular character knows and feels. What you want your readers to know has nothing to do with what a character actually says. After all, that's why stories have narration.
4) Be un