Make it real

A few years ago I heard an editor say if you write scary, make it super scary. If you write sexy, make it super sexy. If you write emotional, make it as emotional as you can.
Since then, I’ve heard this same editor make the same statement time and time again. I’ve heard other editors agree.
Across the board they say good writing isn’t enough. It takes something more.
I’m trying HARD to do this. To give the editor that something more they’re looking for. To add that extra “umph” to my story. To move it beyond the writing.
It’s no easy task.
Suddenly I wonder if I’m doing too much. If it’s too over the top.
It’s slowing me down.
At one time I would’ve definitely thought that was a bad thing.
Now I’m not so sure.

Big state test day tomorrow. I’m pretty sure our kids are ready. I do have one girl who can speak like nobody’s business but she has SERIOUS trouble writing. I wish there was some way I could help her. I wish it were as easy as saying READ every day and write in a journal, but I don’t know if that’s what works or not.

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