One of the first phrases my daughter picked up was “bye bye” right along with “uh oh.” Both of these common toddler phrases can be applied to your manuscript. As I say often, it is amazing what you can learn from your toddler.
Sometimes it’s easy to get attached. I love all my fictional characters so much it is hard to know when to cut. They are my fictional children! But some simple and basic toddler sayings can hold great meaning for your manuscript.
You must know when you’ve made an “uh oh” and must say “bye bye” to a scene or a character. Don’t worry you can save it for yourself. My prologue has taken on many versions all of which I love for different reasons. They may not have worked for the story but they can live in my personal collection.
Think basic and simple. It is so easy to over think things. I know because I do it all the time!
Another thing I do is read my work to my toddler. I know she doesn’t fully comprehend the non-fictions I write, articles or my fiction work but reading outloud is a great way to critique your own work. And though my daughter doesn’t care or understand it, I do pay attention to how she reacts to the flow of my sentences. Understanding the tone and flow of your sentences may help a troublesome scene that was missing its correct tone. Reading to a child can help with that.
Has your child helped you with your manuscript?
I had some great opportunities to guest blog for some great author’s and friends last month.
The ever-changing writing process at author Colin Falconer’s blog
Finding Inspiration from Unlikely Sources at author Kristen Lamb’s blog
Being a flexibly, trained writer at author Rachel Harris’ blog
Woof Wednesday: Doggy assistant, excuse or both? At author Amy Shojai’s blog.