Ask The Writer
Your most pressing and perplexing questions about writing answered here by Gotham teacher Brandi Reissenweber.
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I'm self-publishing my novel and I'm hesitant to hire an editor. I don't want to lose control over it. I'm proud of how it turned out and I can't imagine what an editor would say--about the story or the grammar--that would make a significant difference. Is it really so bad to just skip this part of the process?
A character in my novel is grumpy. Yes, he has other traits and he's not one-dimensional, but when you get right down to it, he's not pleasant to be around. I'm worried about his dialogue. He's always shouting at someone or saying something unkind. His other traits come through his thoughts, mostly. Is that okay?
The main character in my novel is strongly influenced by a character who never actually appears in the novel. (She's part of his past.) Some of my readers object and say I should re-think this and perhaps give them a scene together. Every scene I come up with feels contrived. They just wouldn't cross paths. Are there examples in literature of characters who have a profound influence but don't actually appear in the story?
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