When I wrote my first book, I thought I knew everything. Boy, was I wrong. I look at that book now and think, yeah, it’s okay, but not that fantastic. I’m grateful my readers didn’t run screaming.
I studied after that, learned more and wrote a second book. Redemption was much better than Gabriel’s Gate…and I garnered new readers, which is always a plus.
Then, I started my third book. I hired an editor that is not only a perfectionist, but is brilliant in that she can make suggestions while retaining my own voice. This work is much tighter.
So, what have I learned? Well, I learned you don’t have to explain every single detail. Let the reader use his/her imagination.
I’ve learned you do not have to take the reader one day at a time. It’s okay to skip a few days and let the reader know that some time has passed in a mini-back story.
I’ve learned that the more you write, the better your work is. Yes, you’re still going to have to re-write that story…it’s still going to need an editor, but you find, or at least I did, it’s easier to paint the word pictures. All it takes is practice.
Happy reading and Happy writing.