Story Development and Execution Part 11: Mid-Level Self-Editing

Ciao, SEers. Today is part eleven of the series, and we’re continuing with self-editing. We’ve reached the mid-level revision. By now, you should have corrected the biggest issues in your manuscript. It’s time to read it again and look for problems with execution. Is your dialogue sharp? Are the words you chose appropriate for the … Continue reading Story Development and Execution Part 11: Mid-Level Self-Editing

Story Development and Execution Part 10: Macro-Level Self-Editing

Ciao, SEers. Today is part ten of the series, and we’re getting into self-editing. The first step in the revision process is to work on the macro-level, or on the biggest issues. Joan introduced us to the basics in self-editing in this post. I’m going to dig a little deeper. I suggest two read-throughs in … Continue reading Story Development and Execution Part 10: Macro-Level Self-Editing

Story Development and Execution Part 8: Writing Suspense

Ciao, SEers. If you’re in the US, I hope you had a safe and wonderful Independence Day. Today is part eight of the series: writing suspense. While this is important for the suspense genre, I maintain all fiction needs an element of suspense. Craig has written a great post introducing the concept, and he gives … Continue reading Story Development and Execution Part 8: Writing Suspense

Story Development and Execution Part 7: Pacing, Tension, and Suspense

Ciao, SEers. Today is part seven: pacing, tension, and suspense. Craig has written a couple of great posts on tension (one and two), and I have a post on structure that flirts with the concept of pacing. This post will deal with how to use these elements to advance the story. One technique that gets … Continue reading Story Development and Execution Part 7: Pacing, Tension, and Suspense