The Victorian Lady
I am grateful for all the good advice that exists on the web, though at times it is daunting to filter through so many good sites. I know when I stumble across great advice as almost instantly I can connect it back to my own piece of work... its like an 'Aha! Eureka' moment.
One great example happened recently, after hearing Lucy Luck speak at a LWC event in London. I spent much of my time scribbling wildly into my old brown notebook.
The one point that sticks in my mind most, is that when you are writing in the first person, you sometimes end up sounding like an old Victorian Lady... which I guess, is great if your character is, indeed an old Victorian Lady. Not so great, if this is not the case.
I have started my main WIP in the first person, and after hearing this advice decided to re-read the first few chapters. Of course in places...I found her...that old Victorian Lady. She wasn't alone. The lady doth keep company. Yes, our dear Wills Shakespeare was lurking in the background. Amazing isn't it? Forget the old Victorian Lady, somewhere in the deep recesses I must be wearing tights and twirling a beard as I write. So, re-reading has lead to many hours of re-thinking, which in turn has lead to re-writing.
Now I wonder... if you could give one great tip for someone who is starting out on the scribe’s journey, what would that tip be?