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The right details can make your characters and settings seem more real, more alive, even more interesting. But loading your story down with detail can put your reader to sleep.
There's a common saying among writers—write about what you know. I think that's generally good advice. I'd like to add: write about what moves you, what you care about, what provokes strong emotion in you.
You want your manuscript to be the best it can be. You want it to move the people who read it, so they'll read another of your books–and tell others how good your book is. But we can't always see our writing clearly enough to make it the best it can be; we can be too close to it. That's where a first reader comes in.
1. Write about what you care about. Write about what moves you, what touches you in some way. The more you care about something, the more passion there will be in your writing.
Do you have to write every day to be a real or serious writer? The short answer is no.
Learning how fiction works--learning writing technique--is, in my opinion, vital to writing really great fiction. Writers, just like any other artist (such as musicians or painters), need tools they can wield.
You've worked hard on your manuscript. You've finally finished it. But is it ready to send out? As writers, it's often hard to get a clear perspective on our work.
Books of fiction are powerful things. They can move us, make us cry, laugh, and feel. They can help us know we are not alone.
The rule of the writer is not to say what we can all say but what we are unable to say.
- Anais Nin.
Good books on how to write fiction can be invaluable. They can help you discover new ways to make your writing more effective and powerful.