Sunday, September 19, 2010

FELT- Jilted from the Story

Picture it, 1939, Sicily. Most of us see Estelle Getty from the Golden Girls when we hear a line like that. Boy, she could tell some tells. So could Rose for that matter, but I digress.

How many times have you found yourself so caught in the action of a story you forget you were reading only to be YANKED from the narrative by one of these words; felt, wished, thought, wondered?

PLEASE, for the love of all things literary, don’t use these words in your story. Nothing pulls a reader from the action faster than being reminded they are in fact reading. Strike all the, felt, heard, saw, wondered, thought, etcetera, etcetera from your MS right now!

You’ll thank me later.

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