Author: Robin Rivera
Robin trained as a professional historian and worked as a museum curator, an educator and historical consultant. She writes dark young adult fiction, with diverse characters. She's currently querying a novel, and working on two new manuscripts that started off as NaNoWriMo projects. You can follow her on Facebook(https://www.facebook.com/robin.rivera.90813) or on Twitter @robinrwrites. However, Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/RRWrites/) is where her inner magpie is happiest of all.
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17 thoughts on “7 Ways Underwriting Sabotages Your Story”
Great post! And ugh, I am frequently guilty of #3. My characters nod and cock their heads so often it’s a wonder they don’t all have whiplash!
Number three is a beast. I have a tendency to do that one too.
Yet another great post that I’m sure new writers will benefit from. Enjoy your week, Robin!
Hi Sue, I’m always happy to see your lovely face in the comments feed. : ) You might be surprised where underwriting turns up. It’s a challenge for some veteran authors too.
Ooh! I love this. I don’t need anything to help tighten a story or trim word count. This is fab. Thanks! ?
Hi Sarah, It’s funny how we all fall into camps, some overwrite, some underwrite. I think the underwriters are the lucky ones, it’s so darn hard to kill those darlings.
This is such a great article. Pieces of advice that we should all keep in mind. Thank you very much Sisters!
Hi Lance, It’s always nice to see some new writers commenting. : ) I’m glad you liked the post. Underwriting is a tricky problem, and it’s so hard to self-edit. Thanks for stopping by.
Great tips I’ll use as I work on my novels. We writers have to think of so many things simultaneously to create a novel that it’s easy to forget one or another.
Hi Laurie, Isn’t that the sad truth! Writers need great memories and major juggling skills. : ) I try to tackle one issue at a time and I keep track of the steps with checklists. But things will slip by, that’s why readers are so valuable.
I’ve had issues with number 7. Usually beta readers let me know that they aren’t sure about my timeline so I can try to get it figured out and make it clear how much time has passed.
I think every writer struggles with time. We know our own timelines, but we don’t always find good ways to transmit that information to the reader. If you have too many time markers they interfere with the prose. Too few and you create confusion. It’s hard finding the right balance.
I underwrite all the time — I’m so glad you posted this! I often send drafts off to beta readers and they come back with comments like, “I want more description of X setting”. I guess I just like to cut to the chase ….
Hi Ellie, You have good readers. Including comments like that, or asking questions, is a great way for betas to help the writer figure out what is working and what isn’t. Cutting to the chase is great, but only if the reader is along for the ride. : )
Great list of underwriting situations to think about, bobbleheading being my biggest fault (I think.)
I’ve seen a lot of bobbleheads, even in traditionally published books. It’s so strange reading passages in bobblehead. It’s like reading about a society of just big floating brains. Creepy!
It’s good you know about your tendency to bobblehead, this way you can work extra hard to get some working limbs on those poor characters.