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FAULTS IN MY WRITING STYLE

As mentioned in my last post, I would like to discuss my writing style or lack there of.
I have this fault when writing novels, but it really rears its ugly head when I write short stories. I think about the story I’m going to write for quite some time before I put one word on paper. When I’m finally ready to begin writing I am in such a rush to write the story, my first draft is always written with pencil and legal pad, I tend to write a bar-bones story lacking details that would make it more readable and interesting. Hence, one editor said my stories were like outlines.
Let me demonstrate.
Betty was cooking dinner when Harry walked into the kitchen.
Earlier in the story, who the characters are, may have been established. If not, this sentence raises many unanswered questions. Who are they? What is their relationship? What do they look like?
To give some depth to the scene: What is Betty cooking? What are the smells? What does the kitchen look like? Not all of this may be important but some detail will help form a mental image to help the story along.
I hope to improve my style in my upcoming work and in the stories I have yet to publish walking the fine line between detail and padding.

July 12, 2013 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment


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