Monday, November 1, 2010
Collage or Hodge-Podge?
I'm sure they represented the owner's and possibly the employees' families. Beyond the cute and curiosity factors, nothing captured my imagination. The pictures showed faces, but didn't tell a story.
As writers, do we produce scenes that paste people in a collage, but don't engage the reader? Do we give the reader an emotional connection to our characters and story?
Characters and scenes must have a reason for occupying space in our stories. Otherwise readers will walk away and never look back.
Does your collage (book) show the story? How do you decide what scenes and characters to edit out of your manuscript?