Friday, April 8, 2011
After you read through that post think about where you may need to concentrate some of your writing efforts. Here's one of mine:
"Make sure there are enough secondary characters, that they each play a role in the story, and that they’re intriguing in their own right." My issue isn't that my secondary characters aren't intriguing, in fact they love to be in the spotlight. My fantastic editor has had to encourage me not to do this so much. One of the reasons for that is the word count. I'm not supposed to go over 80,000 words, so that means I have to be certain I can tell my hero and heroine's story within that word count. If I get carried away with my secondary characters then it's hard to get everything to fit in the story.
Keep this in mind when you are writing for publication. What issues do you struggle with related to what a fiction editor looks for?