Friday, December 26, 2014
4 Ways to Tell if Your writing is Good
How can you tell if your writing is good? Here are three ways I use to make sure my writing is clean and that people will love it.
1. Get Beta-reader input- This is essential. You cannot see all the flaws in your own writing. Get a tough skin and seek criticism.
2. Clean it up- Omit flowery stuff, unnecessary descriptions, scenes, and words, such as "that" or "Really" or "Very". Go over it and clean it up at least 7-10 times. You'll be amazed how you find new things to omit each time. Omit anything that doesn't advance the plot.
3. Let it sit- I have to let my humor writing sit for like a week or even a month and then read it again. Fresh eyes really help to see if it is as funny as I thought the first time. I do this several times.
4. Map out your Scenes and Sequences- This is to make sure you have your pacing right. Put each scene and sequence on a sticky note and place them in a line. Try to determine if you need to speed up or slow down the pace in any area. Remember scenes speed up the pace and sequences slow it down.