A few more hints for you as you work this next year, getting ready for WIFYR.
- Here’s a great way to self-edit. After those pages are done, here are a few steps that will help you catch a lot of bad writing, confused writing, icky writing.
- Read your manuscript, silently, on the screen. Make appropriate changes.
- Read your manuscript, out loud, on the screen. Make appropriate changes.
- Print your manuscript. Read silently. Make appropriate changes.
- Print your manuscript. Read out loud. Make appropriate changes.
- Have someone read your work for you, making appropriate suggestions.
- Have someone read your work, out loud, to you. Now you can hear if someone stumbles, questions, worries or wonders over something.
- Study how the very best writers do it. When you read, read like a writer, with a pen in your hand, making notes in the margins of books. Look at voice, how a writer twists the plot or comes up with new description. Mark it all. Learn from it all.
- Watch your body parts. Rolling eyes, shrugging shoulders, standing up and sitting down etc etc etc. Some things just don’t need too much description. That said, I love the idea of comparing a kid and a flamingo. Don’t ask me why.
- Write your heart. If you do, you will write truth. And there is something lovely or ugly or hilarious or frightening etc about truth.
- I am a William Zinsser fan, owning several of his books on craft. Here are ten tips I found online. http://www.openculture.com/2012/04/ray_bradbury_gives_12_pieces_of_writing_advice_to_young_authors_2001.html