I printed off all 270 of the replies on the post at the moment. You can read all existing comments and STILL add your biggest writing problem to the list. I’ll continue to manually add any new comments to the existing list THROUGH THE END OF SUNDAY, EDT. You’ll still be able to add your comments after that, but they won’t make it into what I’m building.
I know exactly what I’m going to do now, and I just need to separate the responses I got (plus those I get this weekend) and see how many of them fall into similar categories, and where the variations are big enough to create subcategories…
😀 You’ll like this. I’m unbelievably excited. I’ll let you in on the details on either Tuesday, or Thursday, depending on how long I need to put all those replies into a useful and comprehensive order.
Thank you SO MUCH for your responses.
Description description description! I either get bogged down with trying to count the dust motes floating the air or glaze over the scene so quickly the reader wouldn’t know if the characters were under water, in a desert or in space. I’m trying to find the what the line is between interesting and helpful, and boring.
Thanks so much for everything you’re doing, Holly. Sounds enticing!
I also find trying to write decent flashback scenes very difficult to bring into the story and getting really strong and believable dialogue which isn’t over powered with subtext but there is still subtext there.
It’s often said a character has to grow or change as the result of his or her activities during a novel. I have difficulty showing this, especially with mystery and/or thriller stories. I also have difficulty when writing in the third person, when and how much to go outside of a character’s thinking, to state facts about the character or the scene or story. I’d like to stick with just what the character is thinking, but sometimes it seems necessary to tell the reader more.
Chocolate. I have to have my Mindy Mints, especially when I’m writing emotionally stressful stuff.
I take breaks when the muse fades, but nothing feeds my muse like chocolate!