The Play-By-Play: Advice for New Writers

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When I was eighteen, I wrote a story (and I use the word “story” very loosely because it was in fact fanfiction). After my homework was done and while my entire dorm slept, I spent the wee hours of seven months writing an epic “story” the size of a large novella. And I loved every second of it.

In fact, while I now shudder at said content (as most writers do when reading their old material), I remain eternally grateful to that story as it taught me some very important lessons, one of which, I’m sharing with you today.

The Play-By-Play

In my experience, new writers often write too much. I am one of those writers who sees my scene like a movie sequence, and so when trying to covert that scene onto the page, the end result is literally every single character movement. My fanfic was 40,000+ words, and…

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