(Here, have a seat. Sit down and read and write with me! 😀 But don’t steal the photo. Your seat is only temporary.)
Have you ever read something and wondered when the author will just get on with it?
You’re not the only one.
Now, I generally try to keep from making fun of specific books by name, but I have something too good not to share: Mark Reads Twilight–Chapter 22.
Look at your writing. Does it read anything like that? I actually found his narration a lot more interesting than others like that, if you’d like complete honesty from me here. But if you see your writing looking like that, then please trim it down. This is especially true for short stories. There are some great videos on YouTube that have clips of the author Kurt Vonnegut talking, and he says in one of them that your writing must advance either your plot or your characters. If any of your paragraphs don’t do that, then remove them. Pretty simple, eh?
Yes, they’re your babies. Haven’t we gone through this before? You have to part with your words sometimes. Have discretion.
Reading should not be tedious. People are reading what you wrote because they are interested in it. Try not to mess it up for them. If it gets tedious, then do you think they’re going to stick around?
Your assignment: Write for 10 minutes about a character who needs to get ready for something that is making your character nervous. Advance the plot and our understanding of the character. It doesn’t matter if it’s all internal monologue if you can pull it off–as long as it gives the reader insight about something.