All those training scenes where your characters learn how to use their magic powers? If you can learn to spot, objectively analyze, and appropriately eliminate the following from your story, you will have taken a huge step toward streamlining your story into a powerfully-focused piece of art.
But sometimes a lot of timeswe do. Because she fascinates you? Not only do extra POVs inevitably jack up the word count, they can also contribute to scattering the narrative. Respect their time, respect their expectations, and respect their own relationship with your story.
Readers enter a sequel expecting more of the same, only better. Every added POV makes a statement about what this story is supposed to be about. Experimental fiction is fun, fine, and even, in its place, important. As writers, we have every right to be as self-indulgent as we want in our first drafts.
This is where self-indulgent writing can rear its sneakily malevolent head.
I find that I strongly dislike the self-indulgence of autobiographies that are based around negative life experiences. The more POVs we can cram in a story, the more of our characters we get to explore from the inside out.
The first draft is for the writer. The goal of telling stories about oneself should be to inspire or to create an emotional connection and movement in the reader. Instead, I write my character from a distance. But sometimes as a writer, it can be tempting to pull outrageous plot twists just because we want an emotional reaction from readers.
But remember that old bit of advice: Had I decided to go with first-person like my favorite novels Catcher in the Rye and Anti-HeroI am sure that it would inevitably become nothing but a shameful dramatized autobiography. First question is always: Here are the seven signs of self-indulgent writing I see most often.
And having years between the inspirational events and my writing helps as well. Know your vision for your story and adhere to it with discipline. One you could talk about or argue about for hours? Again, this is a common problem in sequels.Self-indulgent writing In discussions with some acquaintances of mine, it was pointed out that my Great American Novel runs the risk of being self-indulgent considering that the protagonist is.
Ultimately, self-indulgent writing is really nothing more or less than poor editing. You have to show that (to use personal examples I found difficult) sometimes poverty really is the result of poor decisions, that some women do use manipulation to secure power, or that even the oppressed can be oppressive in their approach to securing.
I personally find that kind of copping out during a review a perfect example of self-indulgence. The reviewer who used the word couldn't be bothered to put in the work required to find and define what it is that was bothersome about the writing style exactly.
This is self-indulgent behavior but if examined fully, it is likely that the mother is a very insecure individual with low self-esteem. The analogy for self-indulgence is the bully who is really a coward.
Examples: • “Okay, I mean sure. Whatever you want. Permissive or indulgent parents are more responsive than demanding. This style of parenting was popular in the s and s, but continues today.
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