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  • Writer's pictureSarah Everly

Lazy Writing: Don't fall for it!

When writing a book, it can be really easy to fall for more of the "lazy" techniques of writing.

I think that it can be really tempting to want to just write book after book very fast. A lot of authors do this because it can be a great way to expand your audience, build your brand quickly, and move on to more, new exciting projects. I want to say that rapid release is not wrong, nor do I think any less of writers who rapid release books. I think that rapid release can be great for many reasons and that a rapid-released book can be enjoyable, well-written, and a great marketing strategy.

But I do think that there is a difference between rapidly-releasing a well-done book, and writing a book super fast just to be done with it.

Let me explain.

Here are some common issues that new authors might have when writing their books.

Skipping Important Details:

It can be really tempting to just want to skip the details and move straight on to the next part of the book. If you are someone that does not want to have too many details, that's okay, but just make sure that the details you do have are in the right places and are there for specific reasons.

It does take time to develop details. It takes time to try to figure out if you want to use foreshadowing and where that might go. It takes time to think about any specific metaphors for your writing. And it takes time to build a scene in your own mind and then explain what it looks like on paper. I think that it can be so easy to just move on to the next dialogue passage without properly skipping on details or adding those fun elements such as foreshadowing or metaphors. I would recommend taking the time to make your story the best that it can be. You will have richer content for people to enjoy at the end of the day even if it means that it takes a little longer.

Character Development:

Character development is something that takes time. You do need to sit down and think about how you want your character to change and development during the story. For example, in my book Iridescent, Katrina, the main protagonist, goes through a lot of character development over the course of the book. Sitting down and thinking about those details is important, and it can even be important for side characters. Think. In real life, people are constantly challenged by everyday life and each person

goes through development everyday. To make your characters seem authentic, don't skip this.

Placing too much of an emphasis on dialogue and not enough on body language:

Dialogue is important. In fact, it is one of the most important parts of your book. Make sure that you take enough time to see expressions on people's face's when they are talking. Add in small details such as people pacing back and forth when they are anxious or crossing their arms when they are upset is important.

Here's what I mean. Which one allows you to picture the scene better? Taken from Iridescent by S.H. Everly.

Jared’s eyebrows furrowed, and panic started to set in. I felt my stomach tighten.

“You went on the trip with Matt, right?” Jared said.

“Yeah, he came with us.”

Jared looked down into the fire, the light of the flames hitting his face in a flickering glow. He seemed to be lost in thought.

I felt panicked.

“You went on the trip with Matt, right?” Jared said.

“Yeah, he came with us.”

Jared looked down into the fire. He seemed to be lost in thought.

Thanks for reading! <3


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