Any writer knows than it can be the hardest, easy thing in the world to do. There are no exact rules, as with this type of creativity, the sky is the limit. You can create a whole new world with all your own rules, mold characters and lives at your whim.
But when it comes to submitted your masterpiece to agents and publishers, the freedom of ‘no rules’ is no longer. There are tips and tricks to a compelling ms, and as I am still working through this process myself, I figured I would share the hints that I have come across!
I will narrow it down to 5 key steps!
There are countless other little tid bits to consider, such as use of adjectives, verbs and the like; reading dialogue out loud for realism, and more. But these were the ones that I found to be most important for an overall story progression and revision. Also keep in mind appropriate word counts for your genre, to keep yourself from having to cut tens of thousands of words in post revision.
Revising your work never ends. Accept that now, and keep these tips in mind as you write. Because if you are going to make an impact on the agents who consider your work, you want it to be the best it can be. You only get one shot!
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