Last week, I wrote a 500 word story, and did my writing club challenge. Apart from that, I thought out how to continue with the novel, and I've made a start on that this afternoon. I'm feeling highly motivated.
I need your help novelists. When you go back checking scenes or chapters, do you have a check list? It's what I'm doing this coming week, and I'm at the stage where I'm asking,
1. Does this scene move the story forward? Something has to change, and when it does it's time to move on.
2. Does it offer some new information? Give the reader more detail about the character, or the situation, some back story, or new knowledge?
3. Are there any disconnects? Have I lost the plot? Do I leave things hanging? And never go back to resolve at least some of them?
4. Is there anything I need to cut? Everything has to earn it's place in this story, otherwise it distracts or bores the reader.
5. Does it hang together, is anything missing?
6. Are the scenes in the correct order?
What other 'big stuff' do I need to sort now?
The diet ISN'T going well, I was seduced by the cake on more than one occasion last week. My body is craving sweet things and carbohydrates. I'm telling myself it knows what it's doing, it's repairing my sprained ankle and I'll be back on the healthy eating soon.
What have you been up to?
|Part of my five a day - Maria A Smith|