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Thread: HELP! Between a rock and a hard place!

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    Let's see what's on special today.. Bufty's Avatar
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    May 2005
    Focus on your core story and see where the current #1 leads.

    Maybe you are trying to cover too much too soon or trying to give the reader more information than is necessary. Readers need infinitely less background and backstory and set-up than we think. We may need to know all that in order to write the story, but the reader doesn't need to know it up front in order to follow what's happening.

    Readers get drawn in to stories that involve people -an interesting character in an interesting situation - not scenery and centuries of worldbuilding.

    Start with your main character at- or close to - the point where his 'normality' is broken and he is set on a path from which there is no turning back. Let us see things unfold as and how and when he does.

    This is your first novel. Full marks for having actually finished a first novel. That's quite an achievement in itself. Many folk don't finish. And it's perfectly normal to polish and revise many, many times.

    Rome wasn't built in a day. You can't learn to fly a jumbo jet in one hour etc., etc..

    And there's nothing wrong with your English or grammar.

    Keep going- you'll get there.
    Last edited by Bufty; 07-12-2018 at 01:48 PM.
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