After a marvelous Christmas break I got back into writing with a totally different type of edit. I bought the book “Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook” by Donald Maass and am taking my novel through about 30 exercises that he has all lined out in his workbook. Each exercise is a complete chapter with examples from best selling fiction and then questions and suggestions for improving that particular area of your manuscript. This week I did the chapters on “Adding heroic qualities to your hero”, “Opening extra dimensions in your characters”, and “Creating Inner Conflict in your characters”. I also worked on part of the next chapter but didn’t quite finish. I went through this workbook with my last manuscript and loved it. It makes the edits fresh and adds tons of wonderful stuff to your work. Fun fun fun. This was a good way to come back to work after a lovely but flu-filled break.
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