Back Track

I’ve decided to go back and re-read and re-write parts of Chapter 2 as necessary. I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not. But I figured that its better to go back to check it out rather than to keep writing on a tangent that might not be good. I found one gap where I think some more information about one of the main characters and about the few weeks of time I skipped could be covered.

So as the day is drawing to a close, I hope that tomorrow brings more progress as my page count still stands at 17.

What I’m wondering now is, is my writing becoming too descriptive rather than focusing on the action? I feel like there should be some description in the beginning to get it rolling. But can how can you write a story without having paragraphs of narration rather than dialogue?

That’s my problem: narration versus dialogue? When should you use one and when should you use the other?



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2 responses to “Back Track

  1. You need both narrative and dialogue, but in balance. The key is that you want the reader to be watching the story unfold through what the characters are doing and saying. You, the author, don’t want to be telling/describing what’s happening. The characters are living the story–like in a movie–so every word you write needs to be geared toward that end. You create the settings but the characters create the action and dialogue. All the best to you! –Cheri

  2. That helps a lot. Thanks for the tip. For now, I have to narrate my way to the story as background information is required.

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