Something I’m keeping in mind as I work on a rewrite that’s taking my novel to a new place. Very exciting!
“Let your scenes play out. Don’t cheat your readers by trying to wrap up every scene too quickly. Events in real life don’t often end neatly; chances are neither will events in your story. Instead, let the falling action of each scene sow the seeds of the following scene’s rising action. Propel your audience through to the next plot point—make them want to keep reading.”
Nobody multitasks like a mother. Cathy and I should know, because we’re both raising kids, holding down full-time jobs and writing fiction. That is until they cart us off, anyway.
In the meantime, Literary Mama is one of the magazines we love because it hits home. Take a few minutes and enjoy this Q&A with the wonderful and wonderfully accomplished Rebecca Barry from the magazine’s May issue.
A little teaser:
“Also, one thing that really helped me was deciding not to define myself only as a writer. I’m not any one thing; I’m all these things. Sometimes I’m writing, sometimes I’m editing, sometimes I’m sculpting, sometimes I’m consulting, sometimes I’m hanging out with my kids, sometimes I’m taking care of my mom. Who knows what I am? The less attention I spend on defining myself, the more things tend to flow.”