Quote of the Month

Quote of the Month
Quote of the Month: Jan. 2018

Mock Editor (from email)

I received an email this morning that was very eclectic and rather strange, but I have been given permission to use it all the same, and now I can share with you the advice that was given to me.

However, I should mention beforehand in consideration and out of respect to the person who sent this email to me, that I've only taken to highlighting the section I found most helpful, which I've added below:

"It's rather useful to write [editorial marks] down [on paper] as if you were having an important discussion with another person" -sender anonymous

It wasn't real clear to me what this meant, or the context in which they were sending this, though I had my idea of what this meant. I took my own interpretation of this and and rolled with it. I chose a chapter I've been struggling with, and on the back side of one of the pages I divulged in a mock conversation I could see myself having with my editor, or in some kind of debate. I found it to be very helpful, and it's given me lots of ideas I can now work with to get this originally stagnant section moving. Granted I'm not committing to any of these ideas yet, but here's what I came up with on paper:

all ideas captured here: © 2016

I'd recommend trying this if you're stuck on a certain thing, whatever it is you're writing. Here's what I did: I began writing questions regarding where the story should be going, responding with several possible/plausible answers, and where each scenario could lead. From there I got what you see above. And like I said, I found it to be very helpful. It got me out of the rut I was worried I was going to get stuck in again. 

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