This morning I read James Patterson tips on how to write an unputdownable story:
His thoughts on pace and leaving out the parts of a story people are likely to skip, really resonated with me. It might sound obvious, but if there is lengthy description and too much detail in a story I do skip it to get back to the plot and what is actually happening. And in my own work brevity is my aim. I try and set a scene and create atmosphere with as few words as possible, hopefully just enough. And I love imagery but I love to condense it into a couple of words, a sentence at most. I think of it as a very short style and it’s certainly not for everyone, but I was really glad to read this man’s words and think yes, I’m perhaps heading in the right direction here.