Well I hope it will...
I know a few writers (on a forum I contribute to) have mentioned Evan Marshall and his 'Section Sheets', so last week I had a look at Amazon to find out more. 'The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing' had a look inside option available, so I was able to see what the book covered and read an example.
I bought it from another online supplier in the end- and it popped through my letterbox this morning. So I'll be reading this over the next few days and making notes.
Back in January I got the feedback from the two novel competitions at the writers' club and it was clear that I had a problem with my characters- a character who was dead was the most interesting one and the others weren't too good- a bit flat.
I decided I needed a new approach and since then have been considering what I needed to do, but health issues have rather interfered with the process to date.
Meanwhile more ideas and characters have been stacking up. I know that's good in one way, as I'll have plenty of options to work on.
So I've resolved that as soon as I finish the current short story I'm editing- and get it sent off, I'm going to make a start on one of my longer ideas- a novella length.
I decided that the Plan just might help with my characterisation problems- and having only taken a brief flick through I can already see elements that will help me.
I know my strong area is dialogue, so I can concentrate on improving my weak points now.
I'll let you know if it works...
Have you had, or got, a weak spot in your writing? If you're willing to share, how have you tried or resolved that issue?
Now I'm off to start reading...