Since joining the WCC, I have noticed a difference in the way I write. Each week I write with Katie, my critique partner, in mind. I try to catch my typos and grammar errors as well as make sure my story is flowing as smoothly as it should be. I want Katie to really be able to focus on the story itself and give me good feedback on that (which she does each time!)
When I am reading Katie's work, I look for typos and grammar things, but also try to focus on flow and pacing. She has a great writing style, with a penchant for long sentences. As we've discussed several times-- long sentences are a good thing, but variety in lengths is even better. Katie creates such intricate people-- its as if they are people you know from real life.
This week I began working with Fiona. She has a story with an interesting concept-- a girl who lives in the past and has visits to the past. So far I have met the girl (and am very anxious to read more about her) and have had a brief look at who I believe is the woman from the past. I have found her descriptions absolutely amazing. She has such a gift with words, using few to say much.
I am working on chapter 5 this week. While procrastinating on my writing yesterday, I realized I need to modify the first thoughts I had for the chapter based on the timeline I gave myself in the first chapter. This is a good thing--as I was beginning to over complicate with the introduction of several characters I am not sure we actually need to meet.
Showing vs telling