How to Rescue an Endangered Book and Find your Author Mojo – by Ruth Harris…

on Anne R. Allen:

You’ve kinda/sorta finished your book/first draft/whachamacallit.

In drastic cases, it could even be an outline that’s gone off the rails and landed in a ditch.

But.

  • Your original brilliant idea is drowning in a sea of ugly clutter.
  • There are dust bunnies in the corners.
  • An overflowing laundry hamper in the hall.
  • First chapter is suffering from ring-around-the-collar.
  • Inciting incident is ho-hum and forgettable (even by you).
  • Plot has more holes than plot.
  • Characters have mutated into unrecognizable forms (and you’re not writing sci-fi or alien invasion fiction).
  • Verbs are passive, the nouns flabby and adjectives rust in the front yard.
  • Ending limps to a conclusion.

You’re asking yourself: Did I write that?

More often than we might wish, the answer is yes. What we’ve written is an endangered book.

So Now What? How do we Fix this Endangered Book? 

Continue reading HERE

 

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