Spotlight on style
Writers, we each of us have our own voice and a style of writing that we employ for particular types of material.
What do I mean by style?
My writing style varies according to what I am writing and my intended audience.
In an email, I might be formal, giving only facts eg of a forthcoming workshop.
In a letter, or on a postcard, I might be informal, sharing anecdotes...
The keywords TASK RESEARCH included in a comment indicating that I need to spend time, probably on the Internet, gathering more information.
As with other tasks, I set up a collection.
When do I tackle the Research tasks?
I tackle research tasks when my circumstances dictate that other - maybe more important or pressing - tasks would be impossible or impractical. For example, I save the research tasks for when I'm too...
Every story needs an information highway
Within a story, information travels to and fro between characters and, as a witness to these interactions, to the reader. Add to this, the narrator's contribution and you should have a story, one that works.
How does logic fit into a story?
Whatever your premise, there will be some logic in how you took that premise and turned it into a story.
You dreamed up a plot.
The Devil in the Detail
In the previous blog post, I focused on the global 'Big Picture' tasks. Now it's the turn time to address the 'Devil in the Detail'.
Global 'Devil in the Detail' tasks
Global 'Devil in the Detail' tasks affect the whole manuscript but lend themselves to being addressed piecemeal. For example:
Overuse of a particular word eg very, always
Lack of variety in sentence starts eg overuse of 'It...
Global tasks affect the whole manuscript
Hence the term.
The issue is not confined to one sentence or one paragraph or one scene or one chapter. I have to address all of the manuscripts, from start to finish.
Categories of global task
Global tasks also fall into two further categories:
Devil in the Detail
Global 'Big Picture' tasks
These are tasks that affect the whole manuscript and have to be addressed, preferably, in one hit....
Editing is a series of fixes
Those familiar with building terminology will recognise 'first fix' as a stage in which electricians and plumbers and joiners get so far and then leave the site, only to return when work has progressed sufficiently for them to complete their part of the jigsaw.
I see editing in the same way. It's a series of 'fixes'. Each round of editing serves to improve the manuscript, taking it...
I use inline annotations while I am writing.
Rather than stop to set up a comment or a footnote, I click the annotations icon and type a message to myself, click the button again and carry straight on. I don't let my internal editor interrupt the flow!
Annotations: an example
This is an extract from my Aide Memmoir novel. While writing, during NaNoWriMo, I needed a few pieces of factual information, but I'd...