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3 ways writers fail to get maximum impact from a story – and what to do instead

Today’s re-blog is from Roz Morris — Worth Reading — Worth exploring her full site :-)

Nail Your Novel

13155461724_8107915efc_bNovels in progress will always have rough patches and individual quirks, but there are certain common issues I routinely see that have quite simple fixes. Here are a few – and they can make a big difference.

Crucial event is underplayed or buried

Does an event change a character’s emotional state or world view? Does it make them change what they want, or strengthen their resolve? Make sure you haven’t buried it in a hasty paragraph of background or other explanation. These shifts in priorities are milestones in the story. Try showing them in real time so the reader experiences them. If a key event happens before the story timeline, consider making it a flashback.

Big reveal… falls flat

Is your big reveal a damp squib? I’ve read many climax scenes that fail to ignite, but I can tell the author was hoping they would be a thunderbolt. On some…

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2 responses to “3 ways writers fail to get maximum impact from a story – and what to do instead

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris September 5, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Thank you, as ever!


  2. Alexander M Zoltai September 5, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    You’re sure welcome, Roz; but, I couldn’t have done it without you :-)


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