by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig
I read a lot of blog posts about revision and most of them are focusing on the big things: arc, character development, conflict, etc.
This is a post to remind writers about the little things.
As time has gone on and I’ve written more books, I’ve been much better about catching the small-but-important stuff as I’m writing the first draft.
But it used to be something that my editors had to point out to me.
What are the little things? For me, they’re like tiny little plot holes. And frequently, they’re involved with a subplot instead of the main plot (for me, solving the murder mystery).
For example. Say you have a subplot involving a minor aggravation for your protagonist–something to make her feel tense and add to the general stresses she’s experiencing. Her lawnmower is broken and her yard is a disaster and she’s supposed to host a dinner party (where someone ends up dead).
The dinner party happens (with guests hiking through the underbrush to the front door). There’s a mysterious death. The sleuth investigates.
But at some point, her yard man comes by and heroically mows the yard. Continue reading Remember the Little Things During Revision