Friday, April 1, 2011

This Week in the Writing World...April 1

by Brooke Favero

We're kicking off the A to Z Blog Challenge. The letter of the day:

A is for action in a story.

But not all action is good for your story. The Blood Red Pencil says to cut the boring (tasks or action in your manuscript). The boring task my characters love to do: eat. I'm trying to be better but for some reason I still keep writing it and then cutting it. Maybe I'm a hungry writer and write my emotion. Who knows?

What boring action/task do your characters love to do (and you should probably cut)?

Understanding the Industry & Market
This is Good Advice @ Janet Reid.

Why "No" Comes Quickly...@Rachelle Gardner.

Deep Point of View, Part 2 @ The Blood-Red Pencil.
An A-Z Guide @ Writer Unboxed.
If Your Character's Missing a Shoe, Try Finding its Match @ Adventures in Children's Publishing.

New Agent

New Author Acronyms @ The Steve Laube Agency.

Happy April Fools Day!


mooderino said...

Or you could make the task more interesting and pertinent to the narrative. For example, if your characters are talking and eating, and one drops his food, then tries to switch it with the other person's plate without them noticing, all the whie continuing the conversation, you can make it a way to reveal the kind of person he is (sneaky no good food swapper).

Or you could just cut it.


Name: Luana Krause said...

Eating can be an interesting subject in a story. I once wrote a ten-minute play about a muffin.

Kay Theodoratus said...

I get rid of words when I delete the "telling" before or after the "showing" of the same action.

Shannon Lawrence said...

When I went back to begin editing my novel, I discovered I apparently had a thing with them constantly making and drinking coffee while discussing things. The funny thing is, I rarely partake, myself. Maybe I should up the coffee intake? I ended up cutting all but one coffee reference.

Patricia Stoltey said...

My characters are always eating something. They're so obsessive about their meals I have to follow them around with a red pen to cut the food scenes.

Langley said...

Funny pic! So far I don't have characters that eat a lot BUT I eat a lot when I'm writing them.

Juliette Wade said...

Thanks for passing on my link! I really appreciate it.

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