Okay, so plenty of you figured I probably went too far when I did the last round of edits on my manuscript, and that’s how I took a lot of the humor and vitality out of it. At the same time, the story can’t be bogged down in character development and witty banter about nothing, so I have a lot to consider here in fixing this up.
First, how do you go about putting the pizzazz back IN to a piece? I’m something of an expert at cutting right now; I can remove and minimize stuff in nothing flat. But I have a harder time figuring out what to put back. And more importantly, HOW to put it back in.
Not that I have time for this right now. I still, as of this writing, have not been green-lighted for the new round of non-fiction work. I think I’m in, but don’t know for sure. My agent will hopefully tell me.
But until I do have firm, concrete stuff to work on, I want to figure out how to bring this, my first full-fledged novel from scratch, back to life. I have my story map, and know what needs to happen when, but I don’t know how to put the vitality and vigor back in my characters.
The story itself is pretty straightforward; I’m not sure I’m settled on the difference between “plot” and “story” but that’s another discussion.
For now, what do you recommend? How should I go about bring this back from the dead? IS it dead?
Sound off, y’all, both writers AND readers. I want to hear your thoughts.
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