“Also, although movies and novels can be quite different and play to diverse audiences, there is one similarity. Making a movie requires the combined efforts of a creative team of a director, writer, actors, cinematographer, set designers, etc. Crafting a novel requires all of these efforts as well, but performed by one individual--the author, who must serve as director, writer, actors, cinematographer, set designers, etc. One of the most common weaknesses I see in my editorial clients is poor directing skills. Know what to emphasize and what to minimize. Always focus on your lead character and especially know what to cut. Movie DVDs usually include as a bonus a few select deleted scenes. They were deleted for a reason. Know what to remove from your manuscript to make it more cohesive and improve pacing.”
-- Michael Garrett, Editorial Services www.writing2sell.com and www.manuscriptcritique.com
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