An opportunity

Hi, I hope all you guys are doing well? 😊

I feel like there isn’t any time these days to get things done, but I guess that is a pretty normal feeling. Probably a better idea to just get used to life being super busy, right?

This cat definitely does not look busy…. 😉

Anyway, I sometimes use this blog to get some advice as I know that a lot of you guys are writers as well. I have recently gotten an opportunity to edit my book and send it back again to a publisher, as they see potential in it, and I hope I will be able to make the most of this opportunity. However, my issue (when it comes to writing) seems to be that I do create “suspense”, but then I reveal too little. I guess this could be a usual problem for writers as writers obviously know their own plots very well, and therefore I guess it is easy to feel like in my case that I am revealing too much (since everything seems more obvious to me probably).

I don’t know if I have a good explanation for why this guy is here, but he does look like he just said, “right?” 😉

I have always been a bit skeptical to read books (and other resources) about writing books, but now I am doing it to trying to fix my problems when it comes to this. I guess I will have to learn to reveal just enough… aahh… the life of a “writer” (this is obviously not my day job 😉)

So, any advice on good books or webpages (or other resources) about writing books/becoming a better writer will be most welcome.

(The best part of making this post is that I finally can use all the funny/cute animal pictures that I like 😉)

Cheers

HTJ

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If you like the images that have been used to illustrate this post, they are from morguefile.com. All the photos have been edited, but the first photo is by davidpwhelan, the second photo is by lisaleo, the third photo is by MarcusL, and the last photo is by dinakimm.

16 Comments

    1. MyStoriesWithMusic

      Thank you for the advice 🙂 I guess the publisher has become my “beta reader” now, so I will definitely just follow her advice, she has said that we can do it in more “rounds” to get it the best it can be, but I don’t have any guarantee that they’ll think it will be good enough to publish in the end. Thinks work a bit different in Norway so you contact publishers directly and there aren’t any agents 🙂. I just thought that it might be a good idea to read a bit theory as well since I never have before 🙂

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  1. lostperci

    I don’t think there is a ‘too much’ of a ‘too little’. It depends, on the author, the story, the setting. We’ve all read books and watched films with a major plot twist right at the end. We’ve also read stories where the author lays out a careful trail for you! Go with what feels right. The very best way to learn about writing is to write (and read!), you’re doing that. Good luck with it!

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      1. E R Kendrich

        Exciting news about the publisher. I cannot recommend any books on how to write better – my only advice would be to read as many books in your genre as you can (though it can be tricky to decide on what your genre is sometimes!) Best of luck! 🙂

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      2. MyStoriesWithMusic

        Thank you so much 🙂, I do try to read as much as I can, and when there isn’t time to read there is always audio books 👍

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  2. theceaselessreaderwrites

    Hilde, a couple of good modern classics on writing style/improving writing are Stephen King’s On Writing and Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer. The Gotham Writers’ Workshop has a page dedicated to bestselling authors’ top-10 recommendations for writing, which includes one of my all-time fave author Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Basics of Creative Writing:
    https://www.writingclasses.com/toolbox/tips-masters/kurt-vonnegut-8-basics-of-creative-writing

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  3. Tracy Abell

    Congratulations on the feedback from the publisher! My recommendation would be to read some “suspense” books to see how the authors dole out the info. It’s a fine balance between revealing too much and too little, and I struggle with this as well.

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