Fired-up Writing Trick!
I’ve been writing for 30+ years, but I still have plenty to learn. Case in point: Not long ago I came upon a great new writing trick that I'll use from now on—and that I thought you'd enjoy knowing, too.
Last year in October, I was doing some final edits of The Roads to Damascus, the second book in my Appalachian Mountain Mysteries trilogy. Then the Northern California fires raged. I was lucky—I only got up to the “Next to Evacuate List”—but my concentration was shot. I decided to give myself a break and make my editing task easier: edit only one chapter a day. While that technique was borne of necessity, I discovered something amazing as I worked: I caught way more inconsistencies and errors than I when I edited for a couple hours or more. Something about the process helped me zero in on every sentence, and my brain didn’t get lazy with its “yeah, yeah, I’ve read this a million times” frame of mind.
This may sound simple—it is—but it’s also powerful. It gives you breathing room and adds focus. The best time to practice this is after you've fixed the major issues in your manuscript and the story or information flows. Once you've locked in both of those, try this technique to make your writing sing.
You can see for yourself how it worked—read the first three chapters of The Road to Damascus here or check out the Kindle version. And in case you haven't read the first book in the trilogy, A Life for a Life, I'm offering it free in the Kindle Store from February 13-17.
I have some other promotions planned, so keep in touch. The easiest way to do that is to sign up for my blogs on any page of my website: www.LyndaMcDanielBooks.com. When you do, you’ll get updates, writing tips, backstory on my characters, and a free copy of the mystery short story that launched my fiction-writing career—A Nose for Murder. I thought I’d lost it, but I found it during my move to Santa Rosa last year.
By the way, I got a kick out of Ginny Carter, Author Maker, endorsing Storytelling Toolkit as one of her top 10 essential books on writing. My longtime colleague Virginia McCullough and I wrote that book to share an easy-to-follow process for writing stories. Having our book juxtaposed with Anne Lamont’s classic Bird by Bird, well, it doesn’t get much better than that! Check it out here.
Praise for A Life for a Life
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"Five Stars! Lynda McDaniel has that wonderfully appealing way of weaving a story, much in the manner of Fannie Flagg. The tale immediately drew me in." —Deb, Amazon Hall of Fame Top 100 Reviewer
"A Life for a Life is one of the most satisfying books I’ve read this year. Everything about the book delighted me.” —Ana Manwaring, writer, blogger, creative writing instructor
"The most satisfying mystery I've read in ages." — Joan Nienhuis, book blogger
"What a delightful discovery! Pick up this novel; I dare you to put it down." — Dr. Irene Willis, poet and author of Reminder
"Marvelous read! The intricate plot will have you guessing until the end." — Yvette Klobuchar, author of bestselling Brides Unveiled