Writing weaknesses


Okay, Elle, to use a poor poker metaphor: I see your “dialogue is my weakest point writing-wise” statement and raise you an “action sequences aren’t my strong suit.”

I’m not talking about true action, ie fight scenes, sex scenes and the like. Those are great fun. I mean the boring stuff that happens between point A and point B. For example, during a recent editing session, I struggled for three days to get my girl, Tess, from her apartment to her car. Here is what I imagine was running through her head:

“Okay, Kel, I’ve been standing here for three fucking days. You’ve made my driveway wet and soupy with thick, brown mud to symbolize the shithole my life has become. So please–please–could you just write my fat ass down the stairs so I can get on with it?”

So after three whole days, how did Tess get to her car?

…I threw on my coat and clomped down the stairs…

Because–sometimes–that’s all there is to it.

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About R.J. Keller

R. J. Keller is the author of Waiting For Spring. An avid independent movie enthusiast, she was Managing Editor of The Movie Fanatic website and created episodes of the writer-centric YouTube series, Inside The Writers' Studio, with author Kristen Tsetsi. She co-hosted Book Chatter with Stacey Cochran from 2011-2014. She lives in Central Maine with her family, where she enjoys gardening, collecting geeky memorabilia, and watching other people cook. View all posts by R.J. Keller

3 responses to “Writing weaknesses

  • Sya

    I would imagine different people to do it different ways, but I would only describe the “boring” parts as briefly as possible. Or at least insert the boring parts in more exciting/interesting parts such as dialogue (internal or external) or description of what is happening in the surroundings.

    Of course in Nano, you could probably dwell on the boring parts as long as you want just to up the word count. But generally, if the writing is boring you, it will bore the reader as well–and it would be best (if possible) to avoid it altogether.

  • hoosiertoo

    OTOH, I’ve been known to keep a particularly boring book – usually a stupifyingly pedantic tome on some esoteric philosophy – on the nightstand as a sleep aid.

    Cheaper than Nytol and not addictive.

  • Kel

    My protagonist, Tess, struggles throughout my novel to finish reading “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintainence.”

    You think I’m kidding…but I’m not.

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