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Amy, I'm sure you weren't the crazy person who motivated her to write it!There is so much to good writing, I'm in awe of those who take it on. I'm just not up to it, but I'll happily serve by reading!
Great point! I am *so* going to check for that on my MS read-through this week!
Another great nugget, Amy. Thanks for sharing these. I've never been to a conference, so it's nice to hear.
You aren't nearly crazy enough to be THAT person because you are obviously teachable. :o)This is great advice and very fitting because it's something I'm struggling with right now in the WIP. (Those pesky secondaries!)Thanks, Amy!
Thanks, Amy! I appreciate the time you spend sharing what you've learned.
Mimi, That's great. Reading is very important! Jessica & Jackee, Oh good! I'm so glad this dorky little tip will actually be used by someone except me. :) Hope your read- throughs/edits/writing go(es) well.Krista & Myrna, I was planning to share a lot more. I guess I'll just keep them trickling in. I'm glad you're finding them interesting! :)Amy
I'm so glad you had a light bulb moment!! It is amazing when someone points out obvious things, makes life so much easier for you!!
Don't worry, Amy. I'm sure Ellen Hopkins wrote it for her after giving me my critique. At least Cynthea didn't tell you to rewrite the novel in a different tense (though I'm glad I got that advice). Good tip about stripping everything from the dialogue (tags, beats, etc) and reading through it. I find it helps tighten the dialogue (that is, when I realize it needs tightening). It also helps you realize when all your characters sound the same. If you can't tell who's saying what, it's time for some rewriting. And sometimes I end up adding more dialogue (or cutting stuff that's there) when I realize something's still missing.
Wow, I hadn't thought of that either. Great point, and thanks for sharing! Now I have to go look . . .
Thanks, Elise! Yes, I love lightbulb moments. :) I guess it's better to kick yourself in the shin once than to never realize the obvious thing that's staring you in the face. Stina, ha ha! I'm glad we both had helpful critiques. :) Yeah, I'm learning to do that too -- the removing tag tip. It IS helpful. Yay, Janet, I'm so glad it was helpful. Have fun looking over your WiP. :)Amy
Oh yeah, I forgot to say-- GREAT ADVICE!!!! I'll be checking my own character's dialogues. Wonder if they sound boring? :|