10 ways to improve your writing

A short story writer, Janis Hubschman [aside: isn't that a great name? Janis makes me think of Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions, and Hubsch means pretty in German] has a great piece on 10 things you can do to improve your writing.

Two that I especially like:
- When the story stalls, ask: what is the character thinking now? Is she thinking anything? If not, why not? Characters need to learn something about themselves, about their values and assumptions.

- Give the character something to do in the scene. It brings the character and the scene to life. A character soaking in the bathtub, thinking about her rotten marriage is boring. A character performing brain surgery, thinking about her rotten marriage is a different proposition.





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