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Thankful Lessons: Carve that Scene!

In my experience, the clearer an author sees a scene the harder it is to write. We (or more accurately I) complicate it with details because heaven forbit it isn’t exactly how I imagined in my head. This ‘over thinking’ leads to word bloat with a side of confused imagery, but every paragraph is a chance to learn, right?

My suggestions are as follows:

  • First, write the scene with all the word bloat and confused imagery as you’d like. Writers should flow through   their first drafts. Save that bogged down, stress-over-every-sentence-and-scene feeling for edits. But when the time comes, and it will even for me, ask yourself these questions:
  • Will my reader get enough visual if I cut this part/sentence out?
  • Does this sentence add (insert appropriate emotion here) to the scene or take away from it by being redundant?

And after all is said done…

  • Do I feel the way my reader should feel after reading this section?

Am I guaranteeing success with this simple method? Hell no! I have, however, seen it turn two paragraphs of muddled crap into five sentences of intense, fast pace action, and I’ve seen it do this on more than once occasion. I can’t say, with certainty, that it will work for you, but I can say it’s the editing lesson I’m most grateful for this Thanksgiving.

Happy (almost) Turkey day! 



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