After so much editing on my first three books I tried to “edit” as I wrote on the fourth book. Not a good idea, for me anyway, as it slowed me down. I thought if I could just be more aware of how I wrote each paragraph and section of dialogue it would mean less time editing at the end. I still spent the time no matter if it’s as I go along or when I am finished first draft. It was a worthwhile experiment but I have now gone back to letting the words flow more freely and I feel I am making more progress this way.
Excerpt from ‘101 Things to Learn in Art School’ by Kit White
[photo: warrenphotographic.co.uk] Every writer has over-written, been carried away with a sub-plot that leads nowhere, given a character its head and let it run away from the plot. When I was writing my first novel Ignoring Gravity, I read an interview with a novelist who recommended asking yourself of a chapter or passage you’ve just written: ‘But what does it do? How does it progress the story?’
If you don’t know, stop and consider.
If you do know and it is taking the story in a…
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