Sunday, March 21, 2010
Anne's writing tips
I started putting together a list of writing tips, hoping to come up with 10. Right now I'm up to 63. :D So now I'm hoping I can hit 100. I'll try to post groups of five every so often. I would say every Sunday, but I don't know if I'll stick to that. I'm going to start with five problems that are all related and occur in many manuscripts, mine included.
1. Thinking you've told us something you haven't.
2. Not giving reader enough information. Making us work too hard to figure out what the hell is going on.
3. Not allowing characters to react to events.
4. Trying to create mystery by withholding information.
5. Thinking you understand point of view when you really don't. It's not enough to simply have the POV character in the scene. Put us in that character's head so we know what he's thinking about events going on around him.