Monday, December 5, 2011
It's The Little Things
Actually, I'm talking about the details in your manuscript.
When I'm doing a pass-through at the end of a revision I add in more of the "little things" that make a difference. More scenery, imagery, metaphors. They beef up a scene and add dimension to your writing.
Even still, it's important that every word counts. I underwrite. So if you overwrite and have to slash words, make sure to keep what adds depth and helps the plot feel rich.
Here's an example of what I mean using this simple sentence: I gaze at the night sky.
I gaze at the night sky, the stars twinkling like little beads of glass. Or, My gaze travels above the trees to the stars, decked out in their sequenced dresses, shimmering against the blank canvas of the midnight sky.
It's those little words that add extra meaning, show your voice, create the art.
*pets fake babies*
^_^ Happy Monday!
(images: adweek.com, zedge.net)