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Been rejected by literary agents? You could be over-writing. Here's how to stop!
The ailment of overwriting afflicts most first drafts. It is the writer's common cold. If you have been multiply rejected by literary agents, I can almost guarantee you suffer from this illness. Your writing obscured the story. You have probably sent out your work too soon.
Treat your manuscript for this sickness before you share the novel with anyone. Those on a second draft and beyond should seize this advice firmly.
What do we mean by overwriting?
If you're writing a rollicking good yarn, a plot-driven story, then you won't want overwriting to detract from 'what next'. A chapter advances the character's problem inexorably.
Overwriting is a handbrake turn, or a slow tedious slide back down the hill. The reader-passenger is slamming their foot on their imaginary gas pedal, though there isn't one on their side, and meanwhile you're telling them all about the view...
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