Ah, point of view (POV), a writing essential to include in your book but something that you can get so easily wrong. It doesn’t take much to slip from the view of the character who is telling your story, and you might not even notice you’ve done it. That’s where the following advice comes in […]Point Of View Errors! How To Spot And Fix Them
Here’s a great post from K.M. Allan about “stage direction” . This is something I personally struggle with in my own drafts so these tips are concise and helpful!
We all have a writing habit that no matter how much we grow as a writer, sticks with us.
For many writers (myself included), stage directing is one of those habits, and it takes the form of describing every physical move a character makes, beyond what’s necessary.
Because this habit happens naturally, it’s usually hard to break and hard to spot. That is where this checklist comes in. It will help you flag the words that indicate stage directing so you can weed it out.
The Stage Direction Checklist
Look at each instance and see if you can eliminate, rewrite or swap the word out for an action beat.
Keep in mind that not every instance has to be deleted/changed. Use your judgment.
If you’re seeing these words in your sentences, chances are…
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Another great blog post from KM Allan. These points are really true and definitely come with experience.
When you decide to be a writer, you’ve got to start somewhere.
That somewhere usually includes a place where you have no idea what you’re doing, hate everything you write, don’t feel as if you’re a writer—let alone a good one, and someone who feels like it’s a constant struggle to even get words down on the page.
When you’ve been writing for a while, have completed a few manuscripts, queried, had short stories win prizes, poetry published or signed a publishing contract… you still think and feel all these things. The difference is you know what to do about them.
4 Signs You’re No Longer A Beginning Writer
You Know You Have To Fix Things
Hands up if you sent your first queries off with an MS that was pretty much there, but you knew still needed work. You may have figured the agent
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Reblogging this post I found thanks to Rust Belt Girl blog. Michelle’s photos really capture the spirit of a time and place. If you’re into urban photography, especially of architecture, take a look.
My photo archiving project continues. I decided to make albums of some of the photos on my Facebook page. The images for this blog posts are screen shots of an album that features photos I took in Lima in the year 2000. Back then I used one of the Sony Mavica cameras that recorded images onto floppy discs. I could fit just 10 images per disc, so I had to carry a baggy full of a dozen discs to make it through a photo walk.
Alas, I don’t have the originals files of these photos. All I have now are online copies, and the website where I uploaded them 19 years ago only has 500×375 or smaller versions of the images. I know that some of the photos had an original resolution of 1024×768 (if I felt bold enough to just take five pics per disc!). Lesson learned: back up…
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Dr. Bryce Davidson is a well-respected psychologist who is struggling through a divorce. When a new patient shows up in the hospital he is working at, things take a sinister turn as he begins to receive threatening messages and “gifts” from an unknown stalker.
Closer is a tense thriller that weaves an interesting narrative from start to finish. Since it is written in first-person POV, we’re along for the ride with Dr. Davidson as he tries to unravel the mystery of his threatening and enigmatic stalker. He’s a sensitive and likable guy, but not without faults. As tension rises, his paranoia and anxiety begin to take their toll. Even a nightly stroll with Max, his beloved basset hound, becomes an exercise in fear.
Maguire does a great job of keeping the reader guessing. As the story progressed, I was pulled into Dr. Davidson’s thoughts. While he checked potential suspects “off the list”, it became harder and harder to determine what was reality, or some sort of paranoid delusion. The added cast of characters including his co-workers and creepy apartment groundskeeper are well fleshed out, and make for a believable mystery for Bryce to weave his way through.
I also need to comment on the accurate use of psychology and healthcare terms. Maguire’s own experience in the field and research really shined through in the prose.
While Closer Than You Think leads to a satisfying conclusion (no spoilers!) I have to say there were a few parts where the story dragged a bit. I also caught a few more grammar and spelling errors than I would have liked, but nothing so egregious that I was pulled out of the story.
Overall I can recommend Closer Than You Think as a strong debut offering, to anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers or the cat-and-mouse tension of a tale involving stalkers.
What I Liked:
- Likable and engaging protagonist.
- Complex, but follow-able, plot
- Good use of tension, paranoia
What I Didn’t Like:
- Story dragged a bit in places
- Book could have used another line-editing pass