and data to back them up.
A couple of months back, my friend Adam Fenner, who had been a guest blogger on here before, did a series of blogs on his website about the publishing industry and self-publishing. I was going to extract his blogs and repost them here, but I recently learned that this is a bad idea. I found this out when I asked permission from a blogger to repost an excellent blog on publishing and vanity presses here. He informed me that “If you reprint it, you’ll trash search engine visibility for both of us. Search engines hate duplicate content.”
So, in the future, I will link to blogs of interest instead of asking to repost them.
But since it’s relevant to self-publishing, here’s the link to Dave Bricker’s wonderful and cautionary post:
on April 27th, 2015 at 9:29 PM
The best good description should be as transparent to the reader as possible, meaning it should blend with the story, not stand out from it. Well-written description can be so compelling that the reader experiences rather than sees the scene. If the reader is more than lightly aware of the description, then it’s not done right.
Good description is like good art: it should have a focal point, not just be dumped on the reader. A good artist knows how to create the focal point in his work and how to wrap the rest of the piece around it. A non-artist may simply see the whole picture and miss the focal point.
So it is with writing. When describing the scene and the character, you should find the focal point of each. What stands out most? Remember that in writing the scene is being told from the viewpoint of one particular character at a time. The character’s interests and personality will color how he or she sees something. The writer should therefore describe the scene as the character, not the writer, would see it. What aspects draw the character’s attention? What parts are most important for the reader to see? This is where you learn to edit your writing.
on April 14th, 2015 at 9:46 PM
Exactly what do I mean by “writing in afterthoughts?” Consider this short scenario:
(1) “How dare you call me a slut!” Sheila said, grabbing a plate and throwing it at me.
“Well, what would you call having sex with my roommate after I went to work? Pity sex? So he wouldn’t feel left out?” I said, ducking, the plate hitting the floor behind me and shattering.