I did get a bit of writing done last week, but mostly I got caught up with my children and other responsibilities.
It was a good thing.
Today I will start sharing my report from the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention that I attended in Indianapolis. There were over 2,000 attendees -- all writers, fans and publishers of mystery/thriller novels. What fun!
One of the helpful things I heard was:
Don't put a hat on a hat
what? you say...
Well, don't overwrite. Especially when it comes to humor.
When you know you've struck that beautiful punchline moment, STOP.
Don't go on to explain why it is funny
And, don't -- please don't -- repeat the joke/situation or another similar joke/situation too close to the first.
Just let it be -
fresh and surprising to the reader
Don't ruin it by putting a hat on the hat.
Questions: Do you ever overwrite? I do! Sometimes I am so excited at what I think is the cleverness of my writing, I don't know when to stop. Overkill. How are you able to be objective and see this in your writing? How do you avoid it? And, do you like mysteries/thrillers? Read any good ones lately? What is it about them that you like?