Identifying and eliminating the boring parts in a story isn't a matter of following a checklist. The key to identifying those dull areas is a matter of understanding the genre conventions of your story, judicious use of beta reader and editor feedback, and creating the most intriguing narrative, voice, and characters you can.
So you get your manuscript back from beta readers, and they pick out sentences that don't sound right, but they aren't sure why. Or you're self-editing, and you want to tackle some of the sentence corrections yourself before sending your work out for a line edit. Here are five tips to improve those sentences!
Writing feedback is great--but only if you know what to do with it. A healthy sense of your own Push, a clear mind, and a system for managing feedback will keep you on track with your vision and give you fresh insight and motivation.
Greetings! To all of you in the thick of NaNoWriMo, here’s a little field report from what I’ve observed over the years I’ve either participated or observed this phenomenal, month-long event. I give you:
7 People You Meet During NaNoWriMo
1.) Word-Sprint Wizards – these dynamos are masterful at putting pedal to the metal in 30 minutes or less! When everyone else has 250 words after the 15 minutes is up, they have 500+! Bravo, wizards! You inspire the rest of us to keep going.
2.) Language Lyricist – they may not be the fastest writers, but when they post up snippets from their work-in-progress, the rest of us are in awe at the syntactical beauty. Lovely job! Reading your excerpts gives us beauty to appreciate, and encouragement to clean up our words after November. [...]