Show, not Tell

There are 3 rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

Lesson 5

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There is a very devastating story behind lesson five.

I was writing chapter four. I was loving everything paragraph, every sentence, witty comment, glowing metaphor, comma, period, quotation mark, word, letter.

And then my computer crashed. It never came back on. I wasn’t about to pay the Geek Squad $100 to transfer my old files to a new laptop (they exchanged my old one–the hard drive had decided to go) and so I had to dutifully rewrite from memory what I had much loved before. I couldn’t do it.

Back up your manuscript.


Written by Jessica Lei

August 5, 2010 at 12:10 am

Posted in Lessons, Technology

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