Okay so it looks like I fell off the planet. Promise - I'm still here. The last two years have been ... hard. There's no other word for it. Everything is fine. I'm fine, but I've been the caregiver of my Mother-in-law and now I'm taking care of my mom. Between her needs, work, etc I seem to have lost control of my time. I am still writing and have made a few hard decisions.

I pulled my books from Mundania and have decided to to try to sell them through other publishers. I'm happy to say the 1st three books I sold to HSWF (now owned by Mundania) have been picked up by Melange Books and will be released through their Satin Books imprint. The rest I'm still working on.

I'll probably still be sporadic. Unless I win the lottery and can hire someone to help me I can't avoid it, but know I'm still here still working hard in the background and am hoping to do better at keeping my blog alive.


Tink...tink...tink...anyone out there? Hi! I'm Barbara Donlon Bradley - Author - editor and slightly crazy - ask anyone in my family. I hope to use this blog to talk about writing, editing and whatever pops in my head. Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Writing Down the Bones: How does the scene flow?

Now I'm going to go into a little more detail on how to flesh out those scenes. We all do it differently. My techniques might make you laugh.

As I edit I look at several things to be sure it flows. I ask myself  does the dialogue move along nicely or does it seem choppy? Does it make sense as I read it or did I leave something out? Is there enough detail? Can you tell where they are? do I need to add more description? What they are doing? Is it nothing but talking heads or do I show them in action as they talk? Is it consistent?' You sure don't want them standing one minute then a couple paragraphs later have them stand up.

As I work my way through the my work in progress these type of questions float in the back of my mind. I have found if I rush it by trying to do my edits all in one run I make myself crazy and it takes too long.  So I layer it. I'll go through and fix what really jumps out at me. Then let it sit for a few days then go back through it again. I know it sounds like a lot of work but it works for me.

That is what every writer needs to do. Find the method that works for them. I learned the rules we're taught don't always work for everyone. Do what works for you.

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