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Monthly Archives: April 2017
I have no idea if this is true as I haven’t been outside this morning. But yesterday afternoon the wind was blowing and cold and the people at Lowe’s were moving flowers into a heated room in case we had another freezing night. AND it’s supposed to snow.
In your work, look for ways to trim unnecessary words. Here are three examples of ways to clean up your creative writing.
~ was-ing words can become one word. I was running = I ran
~ that can almost always go as well as well, just, very, ly words, adjectives
~ Cheri Earl taught me no need to use start or begin (unless starting a car or lawn mower etc). I started running = I ran. “Let the action happen,” Cheri says.
Words are power. But you an overdo amazing writing. Many a good novel has been ruined by the words that make it up.
Remember, less is more.
You can read where this phrase came from below (if you can get past all the ads).
Write 25 first lines for your novel.
Jot them down quickly (you already have a first line, and you’re working on a book, so you know where you’re going–this will be an easy exercise), a minute or less per line.
That first line is a promise to your reader. It can show voice, hint at character and plot, show mood and it certainly should grab the reader.
So what are you doing with YOUR book opening?
Remember, Richard Peck (LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO, A YEAR DOWN YONDER) says, “You are no better than your first line.”
Once Richard read the first few pages of my novel that is under consideration right now. “You don’t have your best first line,” he said. He was right. I chopped off the first paragraph AND learned a valuable lesson from a great writer.
In free verse, and taking no more than 1000 words, rewrite your novel.
Remember forward movement, characters, and use words with power. Find out what’s most important in your novel and put it in this Spark’s Notes Version.
If you need, take a few days to do this writing.
Then ask yourself, Can I do without certain things that I’ve added? Does everything I write move the story forward? Are there unnecessary characters? Does my character burn time? What can I do without? Do I go off on unnecessary trips with my character? Is my writing too flowery? What words that carry no weight can I throw out?
Really knowing your story can help you write the best novel.