Greetings, SE’ers! Beem Weeks here with you again. Today, I'd like to talk about rewrites and second drafts. Some writers have all the skills needed to nail their story on the first run. Others may require a second draft—or even a third. I’m a firm believer in the second draft. This doesn’t necessarily mean a … Continue reading Rewrites and Second Drafts: A Necessary Evil.
Hello SE readers, Gwen with you today and together we’ll review and conclude the series on diversity and character development. Over the last several months, we have considered religion, race, wealth, physical ability, and gender identity as elements to ponder when creating fictional characters. There are many, many other facets to this important topic, but … Continue reading Character Development and Diversity
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
Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you on this September morning. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re only three days away from the beginning of autumn—my favorite time of year. I love the cooler temperatures, the changing leaves, migrating birds, and fall fairs and festivals. While the stores are already putting out Christmas decorations, and at … Continue reading Ambiance and Writing
Good Morning, SEers. John is with you today, and I wish you a happy Friday. As you can see by the headline, today’s post is about that ending. You know the one I mean. The one that treats a reader like they are being shoved off the back of a flatbed truck on a … Continue reading Why Do Some Authors Insist on Writing a Lousy Ending?