Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hailey's Novel Diary – 7/6/17

Two of the characters are old friends with a history long before the story starts, but I'm not sure if I made that clear when I introduced them. It's obvious that they know each other, but in chapter 14, they have a conversation that casual acquaintances would never have.

Looking back, I really didn't make it obvious. I should either go back later and change that or leave it as it is. It's not really important to explain how they know each other when they're introduced. Won't most people just assume that they must know each other well when they read chapter 14? Or will it read like something's missing? The next time I read it over, I'll see what happens.

What I really don't want to do is spell everything out. Generally speaking, if it's obvious enough to me then it should be obvious enough for the story. But you can't follow that like a rule. Sometimes something is obvious to the author because they're thinking about it when they write it. That doesn't mean the reader will know. And that's reason #32 to always go back and read from start to finish.

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