I’m working my way through Lesson Two: Unplanned Promises.

A single word can have an unexpected result on a reader’s perception. If you drop in a word, a secondary character or an aside, you can throw the reader off or over the edge. If these concepts are not explained, you’ve broken promises to your readers and they won’t like it.

This exercise roots out such problems. Funny thing is, I’m not finding many. Since this is my first novel, I expect to find all kinds of mistakes but, in this case, I’m not awash in excess muck. I write lean, not fat.

Tomorrow, I’ll blast through the chapters as fast as possible. Then, on to Part II: keep your scenes moving smoothly.  You don’t want potholes that swallow readers whole.




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