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.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Writing Down the Bones: Story Construction and Evaluation The romance Novel - Pt 9 Editing those scenes

Sorry, I didn't post anything last week. I went out of town to visit family and came back to a lot to do so I kind of missed it, but I'm back and ready to share the next section 

Ready for the next segment of the hand out by Janice Bennett on writing the popular novel. Now we're editing our manuscript and going back to look at the same things we needed to pay attention when we were writing it.

So now we're going to go back and look at our scenes:

1.) Does your manuscript start with a dramatic, action-packed scene that is important to the story?

2.)  Do you have the story's conflict, tension, action and emotion continue to gradually rise instead of dip and rise and not keep your readers attention?

3.) Do the scenes develop naturally out of each other? Out of each character?

4.) Is each scene important to the plot, premise and/or story development?

5.) Do you vary the pace of your scenes and incidents or all they all the same?

6.) Have you pushed yourself to show all the important scenes needed and not avoided some of your conflict? And have you used all the forms of conflict - internal, external and interpersonal?

7.) Have you shown and not told?

8.) Is each scene as exciting as possible?

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