Category Archives: Writing thoughts

Flowery descriptions: Are you a fan?

Do you love using flowery descriptions? Hmm, let me rephrase. Do you like flowery descriptions that go on page after page?

Count me as a resounding no. I know a few authors who love reading and writing in this format when it comes to descriptions. That is not me. I understand giving backstory, descriptive scenes, and the likes.

But what is the reason to give me over four to five pages of it? What happens is I will skim over it to make sure there is nothing that I need to know about the story. There are occasions I skip altogether.

I want the action, some action, heck, any action after reading about every aspect of a character’s clothing or household.

Maybe in some genres, this is how it works, but I don’t write in them.

Giving constructive criticism in a group setting, one has to balance telling the writer what works, does not work and make sure you don’t ruin what they feel is essential to their storyline.

I have heard some arguments why it is necessary. Granted, I have not agreed, but it is their story, and they will write it how they see fit.

But that is something you will never see in one of my books. If anyone happens to see it, please let me know. I must have been on a Pepsi withdrawal moment in my life where I was not thinking straight.

Revising: When does it ever end for your manuscript?

I always figured the hard part of being one was writing the book. I soon found out writing the book was one of the easiest parts of the journey.

Revising is a big part of getting one’s book in the best shape possible. If you don’t have all the ducks in a row the novel may not go very far.

But how many revisions and editing is too much? Can you go overboard and make it worse?

I get the fact that we want it as perfect as we can make it. But revision can take up a lot of one’s time. If you are fortunate to be part of a critique group or beta group, that can help you shave off some of that precious time.

But there comes a point where you have to say enough is enough. I’ve done all I can do and move that manuscript forever. That is not easy to do. We want it to fly as well as possible. It may even come to a point where we become obsessive in our revisions and editing. I have been there a few times. It is not fun. LOL

But at the end of the day, we need to step back and evaluate how close we are to being done, are we just tired of it all and let move on or realize that you have done all we can without ruining your story. Only you can decide when you are ready. Let’s hope you don’t keep your fans waiting so long they move on.

Do you schedule your activity for your social platform?

Do you schedule your posts or social media updates, or do you take it week by week?

It takes time to come up with a blog post and more to put up on your platform. The time that you could use to edit, revise and write.

There are great programs that allowed you to do that. For Twitter, you have Tweet Deck and Hoot Suite, which allow you to schedule tweets for your people.

Here on WordPress, you can set up your blog posting on whatever day you choose, whether it is this week or next week, and so on. Facebook gives you the same option. If you run a newsletter, that also applies.

No longer being away from your computer for whatever reason keeps you and your brand from being stagnated, especially if you have a booming business.

A little bit of time can free you up for weeks if one has the patience to do so.

It is time-consuming to market one’s product, regardless of what the product is. Any bit of time you can scrap out to devote to writing is a plus in my book.