I’ve spent years writing my important life events in a journal, so when I started my fiction novel last year, that was how I typed my manuscript.
The problem with that is I don’t want to use the adverbs in my fiction the way I use them in my journal. Writing that “I ran very quickly to catch the train,” works for my journal, but could be boring in my novel. For my character, I would have to write something like, “My legs burned as I ran; the train almost left without me.” Not the best writing example, but you get the point.
It has taken me a long time to remember my novel is not a glorified journal entry. I’m grateful to my wonderful readers/reviewers and research books for teaching me what not to do when writing fiction.
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