Writing Tip — 26

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One trick you can use to help in revising your story, is going through the entire book, and for each scene ask the following ques tions:

  1. What is the current pov character attempting to do?
  2. Why are they doing this?
  3. What or who is preventing them from their goal?
  4. If they don’t reach the goal, what will happen?
  5. Do they succeed or fail?
  6. Is anything in this scene important to the main plot or any of the minor plots in the story?

When you’ve gone through the scenes in your book, make a note of the plot holes that exist, and use the above questions to help create the scene to fill  the hole.

Remember, you don’t have to cut everything that doesn’t move the story forward. After all, your characters don’t’ live in a vacuum. Your characters need to be living, breathing people to your readers, not some stick figure going from point A to point B, doing this doing that… The End. They have every day lives which can get in the way of achieving a certain goal or task. You need some fluff, but don’t over do it.

Another thing to consider, when you are reading a book do you skip over parts? If so, ask yourself why. When you read through your work, keep in mind why you skipped over things in books you’ve read.

About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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4 Responses to Writing Tip — 26

  1. Reblogged this on Don Massenzio's Blog and commented:
    Another great writing tip.

  2. Yecheilyah says:

    Reblogged this on Pearls Before Swine and commented:
    Excellent Tip. So on time for me. I’ll be using these questions as I revise my novel. #Winning

  3. Pingback: Anna Dobritt’s Writing Tip — 26 | Author Don Massenzio

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