Hello!! Yes, it is me! I finally found some time to update my blog, which is exciting – except that the only reason I have time to do it is that I am battling a brutal sinus infection and can’t go to Tennessee this weekend to meet my new niece and nephew, like I was supposed to.
Yes… heartbreaking. But I guess the good news is, I get to make an appearance on the interweb again.
I need your help today, readers. I am about an inch away from finishing the brand new ending for my novel, and once I’ve completed it, I’m going to do one last read-through before sending it back to my agent. This is frightening for several reasons:
Sometimes, I use passive voice. Sometimes I use boring verbs. Sometimes I repeat things too much, like various facial expressions (I have a feeling my characters “grinned” and “smirked” too much throughout the manuscript) or I don’t do a good job showing as opposed to telling (I’ll say something like “He didn’t look happy” instead of the more interesting “He frowned, shoulders slumped in dismay.”)
I tell ya, this last read-through might be my biggest challenge yet. Do y’all have any pointers? What are some of your favorite “interesting” action verbs? How do you convey someone’s facial expression without describing it outright?
I’ll be eagerly awaiting your comments!