The writing process seems never-ending, and once again I’m at the stage of polishing my manuscript, this time allowing the characters to come alive in more vivid ways than before.

A writer often has to experiment with the points raised in a professional critique.  Incorporating all the ideas on a page by page basis raises the possibility of damaging the overall story and knocking the structure off-balance.  Yet, the writer has to implement some of the advice – otherwise why pay for the advice?

With my novel, I think, the solution lies in allowing some sections of the writing to develop even further without the changes causing a knock on effect with the structure – in particular, concentrating on natural type dialogue that helps the reader better identify with the characters in question.  Also, cutting superfluous phrases or sentences – i.e. redundancies – will tighten up a manuscript.

Just a few of my thoughts.


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