My second segment of Lessons From My WIP is on weeding out your novel’s trophies. Trophies in this case are in the same vein as ‘Author’s Darlings’, but covering a much wider range. And while source after source after source say to kill your darlings, to murder them viciously where they stand, it’s still something that the average novelist struggles with well into publication.
So how do you identify your trophies? And what can you do to prevent the collection of more?
Hello, everyone! Since Tuesday’s writing advice day (I really should post the schedule somewhere…), I’m bringing you a list that’s been a while in the making.
Everyone knows that in order to publish a book, you need to be able to write, and write well. (Before you point fingers, Twilight was a fluke.) That much is a given, a fact generally understood as obvious. You need to be able to write, read, and edit, at the bare minimum.
But what other skills are necessary to make it as a novelist?