Monday, April 11, 2011
Blind Spots in Writing
I am currently working with an editor on a book that will be published in upcoming months. I won't mention its name here, because it's a fairly racy romance. And when I say racy, you know I mean dirty, right? Anyhoo, working with an editor is fantastic because she sees my blind spots. And here they are:
1. Passive sentences.
I love passive sentences! My brain meanders, and, therefore, so does my prose. I don't want to say "The car hit Timmy". I want to say "Timmy was hit by the car". But as my editor points out, overuse of passive sentences slows down the narrative. Except, because she's an editor, she said it much better than that.
I have a comma addiction. I love them so much that I sprinkle them through my work like fairy dust. I think its because a teacher once made the mistake of telling me that commas are where your readers would take a breath. I took it very much to heart. And nobody dies on my watch, dammit!
Those are my two biggest blind spots in writing. What are yours?