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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Nothing Makes Absolute Perfection in Writing

No one's writing is perfect.

Mine isn't perfect, yours isn't perfect, JK Rowling's isn't perfect. No. One. Is. Perfect. Everyone has something they need to work on. Whether it be dialogue, description, telling instead of showing, endings, beginnings, middles, character development, grammar, or spelling, there's something.

One person might have stilted dialogue.

Another might use too much purple prose in their description.

Another might have problems with leaving too many loose threads hanging off at the end when there's no chance of a sequel.

Someone else might have Mary Sue-ish main characters.

Recognizing your weaknesses is a part of writing. Because my recognizing them, you can work on improving them and through that become an even greater writer. Give me any book in the world and someone can find something that should be fixed. No book, published or unpublished is safe.

If you can't figure out what needs to be fixed, hand it over to an honest beta reader. Ask them to point out your strengths and weaknesses and then actively work on improving. Because practice doesn't make perfect in writing. But it does make it pretty darn close.

1 comments:

bclement412 said...

Good advice. And my betas are literally my life savers.