by Carol Burnside
Lately, I’ve been participating in the Facebook group, Snippet Sunday. Every Sunday, participating writers share 8 to 10 sentences from a current WIP (work in progress) or past work on our blogs. We provide a link to our post in the comments of announcement on the group page. Then we go around to each blog and read the current installment. Some post subsequent sentences each week, so we’re getting to know characters. Some post from various works each week, yet their voices come through.
The interesting thing about selecting such a small snippet to post is that it makes you take a close look at the conciseness of your writing and whether the emotion and intent of the scene is obvious.
I’ve been posting lines from my WIP, His Small Town Princess, the third book in my Sweetwater Springs series. If you’d care to have a peek, here are the links:
Some questions I’ve been mulling over as I searched for lines to post:
Do the sentences have impact?
Is every word necessary or am I not getting to the point quickly enough?
Will the reader learn something about my characters?
It really brings home to me how important it is to stay in tune with my characters and the story.
This is not a romance only group, so another perk of the exercise is that by being courteous and making the rounds of my fellow snippet posters, I’m exposed to many genres I wouldn’t usually read. Some I enjoy more than others, but I’m starting to distinguish one voice from another and that’s interesting.
Have you done anything lately that at first blush felt a little too outside your comfort zone, but later proved to have hidden value?
Or perhaps you picked up a book to read that you weren’t sure about but enjoyed?
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On a side note:
I’m celebrating the rest of my birthday month by putting two of my Annie Rayburn works on sale.