Getting closer to the end of the outline rewrite. I like how the story’s developing, and it definitely feels stronger than it did before. There are still some tweaks and adjustments to be made, but overall, it’s really coming together.
The last two words of the previous sentence are especially poignant, because as I modify the previous draft, it exposes some problems that need immediate fixing.
Occasionally, something would happen in an “all of a sudden”-type of way, mostly because I hadn’t set it up properly. So I’ll go back to earlier in the story to see where it can.
If I can make it work, great. If not, what has to be changed so it still works on all the levels it’s supposed to?
You want your story to flow smoothly and not feel forced. Throwing something in out of left field not only disrupts the story, but is just lazy writing.
Each scene should continue what happened in the one before it, and lead into the one after it. One of the basic tenets that tends to get lost in the shuffle, especially among beginner writers.
Take the time to plan things out, and don’t be afraid to cut where necessary.
You also want to make sure the details of your story all mesh together. This applies not only to what happens in the story itself, but the world in which your story takes place. Make it feel as authentic as possible. Part of our job as the writer is to convince the audience this kind of world could actually exist.
You have to do everything you can to ensure the story is fresh and original, stays interesting and keeps things moving. You may not think all those little details matter, but people will notice them (or lack of them).