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Thursday, March 21, 2013

When A Question's Asked

As an editor and a writer, there's something I always come across. A critiquer ... or I ... ask a question and the writer ... or I ... comment with the answer to the question, as though it should have been clear. ** I am SO, so guilty of this. I am. My crit partner, Kaylee, hears it all the time in emails.

Here's the thing: If a critiquer, a reader, an editor had to ask, it's not clear.

It probably is to you. You see the hints (and I'm talking about myself here too). You see the foreshadowing. You understand that the little nugget you dropped in chapter one leads to the answer in chapter ten. But a reader might not. They haven't planned the novel and read it twelve million times. So if they ask, it needs explained in the manuscript.

There. That's my rant ... er, lesson for the day. :)

1 comment:

  1. Amen. I feel like this pussy should get a slow clap. (Modern Family, anyone?)


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I've been writing since I was old enough to grasp a crayon--my grandma even has an early copy of a "book" I made her. I have a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wyoming and will (hopefully) soon be starting a graduate program in English. When I'm not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in the living room or losing miserably to my boys at Uno, I'm ... well, writing or editing, of course! I'm married to my best friend, and we have three rambunctious but simply amazing little boys.


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