I am free wheeling this week – in between revision projects. I just read Self Editing for Fiction Writers – bought it off amazon for 9.99. The information was all stuff I knew – but I’m still glad I read the book. Sometimes we, me, I – need to have something presented in a different way to make it pop. Suddenly what I was dreading (a revision) is now a process I’m looking forward to, so that I can apply these refresher course lessons.
Dialogue, adverbs, paragraphing, word choice, beats, white space, narrative, point of view…It was a wonderful reminder of the mechanics, most of which I do naturally while writing my 20th + manuscript. Some areas need work – layering emotion, changing a perfectly good sentence so that it becomes a great sentence. I am guilty in parts of taking the easy way, telling versus showing.
When was the last time you took a course on something you thought you already knew? I highly recommend it!
Off to polish…