Writing Tip: 169#

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As you revise and rewrite, focus on this ‘message’ element of your novel: What is it trying to say? What are its themes? What is the point of what your character experience and what they learn in the process? Keep these thoughts as you revise so that the craft of your story, the way you present elements such as plot and characterization, supports what you’re saying.

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And the Award goes to…

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“And the Award goes to…!”

I already know who it is before they open the envelope. But I act surprised and clap along with everyone else. I know the cameras are on me, wanting me to be enraged that my award has been snubbed from me…again. But I smile and give a standing ovation. Maybe next year, she won’t steal my glory…it’s not at all like every year, like clockwork, she wins.

I bite my lip as she waves to the audience.

‘God, she’s trying to act so humble, just hurry up and get up the damn stairs.’

And yet she takes her time, a perfect tear rolling down her perfect face as she holds her hand over her chest. When she finally reaches the stage, she takes the award from the presenter’s hand.

‘Too bad,’ I think, ‘I actually kind of liked him, it’s a pity he’ll wind up dead tomorrow.’

I don’t think too much on it, knowing she’ll be dead too. Like I said, every year, like clockwork, she gets hold of the award.

Writing Tip: 166#

People think that traditional publishers and self publishing are the only options. But small publishers are another options. There are multiple advantages to choosing a smaller publisher:

  • You have a higher chance of publication (if your book is good and has demonstrable market appeal), especially if your novel is a niche subject pitched to a smaller publisher with niche interests.
  • Positive sales figures attained via small publishing runs can be leveraged to pitch publishers in the future.

Writing a Book: Exposition

Exposition

Exposition is one those bad words in writing.

‘Too much exposition.’

‘Exposition heavy and filled with info dumps.’

But exposition is something that is unavoidable in works of literature. I like to think of exposition like a baby, you’re kind of stuck with it and if you don’t teach it properly, it’s gonna end up pretty shitty.

 

What is exposition?

 

Exposition is how you introduce a reader to EVERYTHING: to your characters, the setting, the plot, to each and every scene.

Exposition is everywhere, both as the reader and characters uncover new ideas and plot points, but also as a way of explaining what the characters already know.

 

How to do exposition right?

 

  • Show don’t tell:- I hate show don’t tell, partly because I’m shit at it but also because it’s treated as the holy grail of advice, but there is a reason for that. A reader does not want to read a dry essay of the weather patterns of your fantasy world, instead you need to describe the sky, the clothing people wear, how the characters feel: are they hot or cold?
  • Your Characters have lives:- this is something I see in a lot of debut novels, writer seem to forget that their main characters have a life outside of their plot. They have friends, hobbies, goals and you need to include them to give your character three dimensions.
  • Use it sparingly:- Only explain the bare minimum, if it really just needs to be stated, then just state it.
  • Where is it relevant?:- many authors use prologues and/or their first chapters to spew as much info as possible at the readers but of course, if the information is important, then there will be a much better point to add in such info. Add it in as late as possible, rather than earlier.
  • Keep it short and simple:- Limit exposition to between one and three sentences per page and as short as you can.

 

But of course, the best way to learn how to implement exposition is by practicing, which I assure you, you can’t do that while reading this.

 

Happy writing

Kathy Xx

 

 

Extra Reading

http://www.booksoarus.com/6-ways-write-effective-exposition-examples/

https://www.standoutbooks.com/improve-exposition/

https://www.slideshare.net/MsSharonLim/how-to-write-exposition

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2011/08/09/25-ways-to-make-exposition-your-bitch/