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11 November 2009
Watch Out for those Weak Spots!
This week we're talking about the editing process, using the loose analogy of roof repair. I'm using this as my cathartic release from all the noise and the strangers who stared at me whenever I walked outside last week.
The thing about roof repair is that it's dangerous! One wrong move and we could fall off the house. Or if the roof is bad enough, we could fall right in.
One huge part to the editing process is going through and finding the weak spots, asking the hard questions and seeing if the stories will hold up the scrutiny. The truth is, if we don't do it someone else will. And that will hurt a whole lot more. But if we add reinforcement and re-structure those soft spots, the manuscript will be solid.
I think we all cringe to think of possible weak places in our stories. Whether it's probability factor (can I really stand on a California beach and watch the sun rise over the ocean?--JUST KIDDING!) to the parts of writing that aren't our strengths. I definitely have areas I really have to keep working on. My biggest weakness is dialogue. I really struggle with it. It's not fun for me to write. As a reader, I prefer non-dialogue. One of my novels back in the day was nothing but commentary. It was fun to write but didn't make for a very strong manuscript. Needless to say, it's gathering dust under my bed for many reasons, that being one of them. I struggle writing dialogue. With every book it gets better--and the more time I spend editing, the stronger those scenes get--but any success in those areas is hardfought, more so than the parts where my fingers fly over the keyboard and nail it on the first draft.
Does your manuscript have weak places? How do you try to fix them?
For me, it comes with re-writing. It's very tedious, but the more I sit and re-hash a scene, the deeper into it I get. And while I still want to improve my dialogue writing skills, I'm already seeing stronger conversations between my characters.
See y'all Friday!
By the way, to those of who you commented last week saying that dialogue is your strength, will you consider posting about it in the future? We'll all thank you a million times over. We need your help! Or at least, I do. :0)
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