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Hi, narrative writing is causing me a head ache. I am over 60,000 words into a novel but I seem to work backwards. Snippets of dialogue and story ideas come into my head at random and I peice tham together like a patchwork quilt until a plot line emerges. But then the bit I don't like - the narrative, the filling in the gaps. I want to persevere with the novel (not write screen plays as was once sugested) so I would like to ask you if you have any advice to make narrative writing, if not easier, then more enjoyable.  

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Hello Lyn,

The less narrative you write, the better. Keep it to a bare minimum. Use dialogue and action instead. When you are compelled to write narrative, in the process of doing your re-writes, make sure the sentences and paragraphs are balanced and beautiful prose. This makes it much more readable and enjoyable.

Happy writing,
Dorothy

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Dorothy K Morris

Expertise

I can answer questions about writing fiction, creating characters and re-writing. I cannot answer homework questions.

Experience

I am a published author of nine novels in The Mockingbird Hill Series.

Organizations
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, NSDAR

Publications
NOVELS in the MOCKINGBIRD HILL SERIES: SECRET SINS OF THE MOTHERS, COYOTES OF CREEK CROSSING, THE EIGHTH EVIL, THE TIME IN BETWEEN, DIRTY RICE, TALLY'S NOOK, FROM THE FAR PLACES, NATURE OF THE BEAST, (THE RANKS OF THE INSANE (to come out summer 2016))

Education/Credentials
Studied writing at at American University in DC

Awards and Honors
Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in The World, Who's Who in America.

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