This month our editors are going to tackle Fatal Flaw #9—Underwriting. We looked at the perils of overwriting early in the year, but “underwriting” is another problematic area for novelists. Too often necessary information is left out of a scene, leaving readers scratching their heads. This may pertain to narrative, dialog, setting—every and any component found in fiction. Today editor Rachel Scott Thomson kicks off our look at underwriting by exploring the problems with sketchy writing.
Modern writers have been heavily influenced by the movies. On the one hand this is good—the best of visual media will teach us pacing, plotting, great dialog, and hopefully the mechanics of a good setting.
But books are not movies, they are not TV, and getting our training from them can sometimes lead us to forget something:
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