This is the second of two sessions in which we utilize a potential rewrite draft of the opening chapters to A SHOT IN THE BARK, the already published first book in C.A. Newsome's successful Lia Anderson series. (Many thanks to Carol for her bravery and willingness to share unfinished material with the world and for her generosity in allowing us to use these chapters as our teaching blackboard.)
In this segment we show how to strengthen an already solid piece by:
** Giving "disembodied voices" a body.
** Anchoring story elements to keep them connected.
** Creating structure and order when introducing multiple characters.
** Shifting sentences and paragraphs to where they create the biggest impact.
** Adding small detail to create a sense of place.
** Adding dialogue anchors and tags to keep ideas and personalities connected.
** Creating story logic and flow.
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