Skip to main content

Don't Be Afraid to Let Something Die to Bring Your Book to Life

 

Many people like the colors of autumn. They enjoy the vivid reds, yellows and oranges. Some people also like the purple and black associated with Halloween. I am not one of those people. I don't like fall for two reasons. It means that we are at the end of the year, and the vivid colors means things are dying. I prefer the colors of spring: yellows, light purple, white, pink, light green, etc. They are the colors of new life. However, I do know that things have to die to produce new life. And, you should use this metaphor in your writing. Let it die to bring the work to life again. What do I mean? Continue reading.


  1. Characters – Sometimes, characters have to die even if you like them. To move the story and make it flow, you might have to kill a character. In my first novel, The 1776 Scroll of Secrets, no one was killed even the villain. However, in The 1776 Bed and Breakfast, the villains were killed, but I also killed Buck's (the main character) mother. She had to die so I could show Buck's sensitive side and to have a reason for Buck to stay with Angel at her inn. In The 1776 Musket, a bomb killed a number of characters, but the significant one was Professor Dickenson because that allowed Sol to become a professor and cause tension with him and Lynn. If you write nonfiction, you might have to talk about a death that is important to the research or theme of your book.

  2. Plot – Don't be afraid to kill a plot if it isn't working. I reworked the plot of The 1776 Bed and Breakfast a number of times. I would write 10 chapters and stop. I wouldn't get past chapter 10, so I would start again with a different plot. Eventually, I found a plot that worked, and I was able to finish the book. If I wasn't willing to kill my first few plots, I wouldn't have produced the novel. In nonfiction, it might be the way you organize the book that isn't working. Kill the organization and try again.

  3. Word Counts – Books that are too long will not be attracted to agents or publishers. You have to be willing to kill scenes and word counts to ensure you have a good book. Take a hatchet to parts that are not working or slow the story. Killing these sections will move your story and bring it to life again. It will flow more effectively too.

  4. Outlines – In nonfiction, your outline directs where you want to take the story. However, in some cases, the outline is not correct. The outline bogs down the reader so he or she loses interest or it bogs down the writer so he or she doesn't want to complete the work. You should kill the outline and rewrite it. A new outline and direction might be the new life you want to put into your work.

  5. Marketing Plans – Marketing continues to evolve as new things become important. You want to edit your marketing plan regularly. Kill the parts of the marketing plan that aren't working to bring new life to other parts of your marketing plan. Come up with new ideas that will spark new life for your book.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Leave Your Comfort Zone, Find Another Approach to Writing

This pandemic has changed how we do things. We can't shop or get our hair cut the same way we used to do. We have to be constantly on guard. It makes all of us uneasy. We don't feel like we are in control. However, the situation reminds us that success comes when we break from our comfort zone. Motivational speakers will tell you to do just that. Breaking from our comfort zone also is important to writing. If you are too comfortable or you have too much of a routine, your writing will get stale or you might not reach for that opportunity that could open doors for you. Here are ways to improve your writing and marketing . Go Online – The pandemic has moved almost everything online. Meetings, work and shopping are now happening from the comforts of our home. If you are afraid to market your book via online channels, you are missing a major opportunity to reach more people who might want to buy your book. Digital marketing has increased over the last f

Things to Do While Stuck at Home

During this time, Americans are stuck at home. Even though many states are allowing stores and other businesses to open, people are not flocking to the gathering places. They are still afraid to catch a virus or disease. Many people are bored and trying to come up with things to do . Here are some tips for you. Home Projects Now is the perfect time to tackle those home projects. You could do spring cleaning and declutter your home. If your project involves more than cleaning, you also could order from Home Depot online or another retailer and get materials for your projects delivered to your door. If you want to put up new shelving in your closet, you could get the materials and begin hammering away. Just avoid making disasters in your home. Discover New Things So many videos are available online that you could learn almost anything while you are at home. You could learn a new language or a new skill. I want a patio for my back yard. I am not handy. Neither

Daylight Savings Time Hinders Writing

In northern states, changing the clocks ahead allows for more light in the evenings, which makes people more productive in spring and summer. People in the north like to go out in the sunshine after spending winters locked indoors. Southern states don't have much of a winter. Although it might be cold, it doesn't snow and is not dark on a daily basis. They have sunshine all the time. I have lived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Arizona and Florida. In Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, I felt the benefits of Daylight Savings Time although it still hindered my inspiration and writing. More on that later. Arizona doesn't change the clocks. It was great not having to worry about changing clocks, but I noticed no difference in the light without Daylight Savings Time. I don't agree that Florida should change clocks. The state has so much sunshine that it could be similar to Arizona and feel the same whether clocks are changed or not. Becomes False Benefi