I'm always happy to have Rayne Hall stop by. Her posts are always informative and, based on the response from my friends and followers, you all agree.
When I finished The Widow's Walk last year, it was way too long for a paranormal romance: a whopping 110,000 words. I knew there was some fat to be trimmed, and suspected that there was an entire chapter that I could delete. But that wouldn't have made a dent in the job. I had to get the novel down well below 100,000, in the 80-90,000 range if possible.
Having worked with Rayne as a critique partner for several years, I've learned how to cut and tighten my writing. And now she's offering a class, with her usual copious amount of information and feedback. Using her suggestions when I revised, The Widow's Walk topped of at just under 97,000 words
Rayne, can you summarize how to get started?
Rayne's recent release, Storm Dancer, features Merida, a magician who dances for rain in the parched desert world in which she finds herself imprisoned. The novel is epic in scope and explores the concept of a djinn that possesses Dahoud, a former warrior, compelling him to commit terrible crimes against women.
He and Merida find themselves thrown together by circumstances beyond their control. Will he able to defeat his djinn, and will she be able to forgive his transgressions to accomplish the impossible and save the town entrusted to their care?
Mysterious, dark, full of political intrigue and meticulously researched, Rayne brings this Bronze Age world to life right before the reader's eyes with unique, fascinating characters, vivid detail, and a complex, compelling plot. She puts her expertise on writing fantasy, magical systems, and fight scenes to the test, leaving readers unable to resist turning the page.
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