Having taken professional advice recently, I’m at the “drawing out” self-editing stage on one of my novels.
So what does this mean?
The novel itself works and has merits, but could do with improvement in certain areas:
- Every sentence, paragraph in the work has to count. In other words, would omitting the section have a bad effect on the story?
- A logical, cohesive way of linking up all back story sections, and these must travel through the 8 point story-arc.
- Story hooks at the end of chapters to keep readers wanting to go on.
- Showing/not telling where possible.
- Incorporating scenery as a character (extremely difficult and still trying to figure this one out).
So it’s back to taking notes and working out how to increase the pace in the middle section of the novel. Happy writing!