I was planning to transcribe all my notes from the conference, but if I do that it will take time that I don’t have right now, so I thought I’d add the occasional titbit of advice that I gleaned – those writing tips that made the penny drop for me.
One from Jenny Crusie was this:-
Consider starting your scenes a beat later and finishing them a beat earlier.
Now, I thought I already knew about jump cutting from one scene to the next without too much musing or introspection or dillydallying, but this morning I was reading through the beginning of the book I started yesterday and thought nah, don't like this. Then I realised that Jenny’s advice would improve it enormously.
I’d started a beat too soon.
I’m not going to expand on this now.
But believe me, it’s good advice.