“Thanks for the advice, but…”

B.B. Morgan

I enjoy writing workshops. They allow strangers to read and comment on each other’s work.It is a great opportunity to have new eyes on your work, your writing, and sometimes the advice and feedback is invaluable. Most of the time, writers are grateful for the feedback; sometimes they aren’t.

In the workshop I’m in right now our focus is YA. This girl in this workshop submitted a random chapter from her novel; not a bad thing. But, the way she writes is clogged with description. It lacks clarity and cohesion. She’s not a “bad writer,” but she’s too in love with her setting. She has made the mistake that many new writers make: she bit off more than she can chew. She’s written a story with dual narrators and to change this aspect would be to alter a vital element to her story.

I didn’t know she had two narrators…

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