Originally Posted by Teresa Edgerton
in the best words possible
That what takes SO long for me, finding the best words possible. No matter how meticulously I plan, and even if I know exactly what I want to say, I have to strive and struggle (hack and chip away, often for hours) to find the best words possible. Besides, what makes good writing, in the end?
While "knowing what to say" (plot / chapter content) is obviously important, it's meaningless unless the author works (and works) on how he or she says it
For me it's all about the things many readers might not even notice, if they're there
. That is, the small details in the setting, the little noises and smells, the subtle character mannerisms. Those
are what make a novel come to life
, together with careful choices of words and crafted sentences.
If there's a secret to doing the above quickly, I wish I knew it. I've been looking for it for a very long time, but I don't think I'll ever find it.