Let me start by saying that no writer gets it right the first time. I normally hand out copies of my manuscripts to willing readers (victims) for feedback. Good writing is rewriting, but if the writer has no idea of what’s wrong with the manuscript, rewriting is likely to make things worse. Clarity is king in novels; the reader has to be able to see in his or her mind the picture the writer is trying to paint. Confused descriptions of actions or scenes or dialogue is likely to bring the reader out of that most important ‘suspension of disbelief’ frame of mind that makes all good tales ‘live’ for the reader.
Writers need feedback; nothing can replace healthy, constructive criticism of his work. If something is unclear in my work, please let me know I can fix it.
Good writing is clear writing. Confusion is a killer.
I didn’t get much done on “Twisted Key”, yet, but I still have a few hours left in my day. I did grill a bunch of chicken wings, and ate my share, too. Sometimes a day off can be a good thing. I made up a marinade of Mirin and soy sauce, and tossed in some shredded garlic and a few tablespoons of pureed mango. I let the chicken wings sit in the marinade for about two hours before I put them on a hot grill. I basted them with a tangy barbeque sauce once on each side while they cooked, and then left them to sit under aluminum foil for about two hours before putting them in a low oven for about twenty minutes before serving. The meat just fell off the bone.