Overall Goal: Figure out my writing process
1. Read more books in my genre.
2. Read more books on craft and apply the lessons to my writing.
So, on the applying lessons front, I worked on a scene and broke apart everything the characters were doing until I had a series of single motivations followed by reactions. It forced me to be more descriptive. Rather than my character being simply appalled by the crime scene, I was more specific with actions all related to being appalled. I think it made for a more vivid scene.
In addition, I worked on making the point of my scene clearer which has been a problem of mine. After years of hearing we shouldn’t bog our stories down with too much description, I suppose I took the advice to far. Cool things do happen in my scenes, but if only I know why they’re so cool, I’ve failed to keep the reader interested. I’m still working on the happy medium, but at least I’m more aware of the weak spots.
That’s all for now. I’ll get into my genre reading for the next update.