Writing advice for making your fiction or nonfiction clear and concise. Editing advice to help you.
Who are your readers? Who are your characters? How do you connect them? In essence, this is the challenge of the fiction writer -- replacing real people with believable ones, and then somehow making them real for the real ones. The connections? Personality. (Not even "humanity" because even non-human characters need to have a personality.) [...]
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Characters don’t just wear clothes, they appear throughout their world in costume. How do you make fashion choices for your characters?
Do you know how to keep the tone of your novel in place? Write with power to direct your imaginary world.
Style is arbitrary. I've heard the tedious rules about what can be said, how it should be written, why it should appear that way. You know what disappears in that hair-splitting explanation? The who. The reader.
The world of your words is rich with sounds. The music of life. The music written into your world makes it real, gives it feeling.
Call it what you will, many writers keep ideas in a notebook. Here's why a "scrap pile" is essential.