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You know what your book means… but does the reader? Tackle it with two mindsets

Once again, Roz Morris comes through with practical and powerful advice in today’s re-blog :-)

Nail Your Novel

5752324972_702a69b272_bHave you ever had this type of comment in feedback?

‘You’re grasping for a strong thematic purpose. The characters’ actions and the plot are full of significance. Somewhere there’s a strong message. But it’s too abstract or muddied to come through.’

If so, this concept might help. It’s borrowed from writing instructor Lynn Steger Strong, and described in this article in Catapult. Think of your work in two phases – the writer phase and the reader phase.

What might that mean and how might it be useful?

First, an interpretation.

The writer phase

This is the dreaming draft, the phase where you splurge everything you have, go exploring, invent your socks off, have dinner with your characters, test their mettle, immerse in your settings and themes, storm your brains. You figure out what you mean, what you’ll have happen, what you understand.
The reader phase
This second half is…

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2 responses to “You know what your book means… but does the reader? Tackle it with two mindsets

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris April 4, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Thankee kindly!


    • Alexander M Zoltai April 5, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Are you partly Scottish? I am :-)

      Just got your newsletter—nice horsee…


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