I can’t read novels anymore.
After two craft books and two conferences I sat down to read a novel and I couldn’t do it. The first sentence bored me. The first two pages were back story and by the fourth page I had picked out three or four blurbs of telling.
I would like to thank Jeff Gerke and “The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction” for my demise. Without his fabulous book (which includes samples to help you identify those mistakes) I might have enjoyed my novel in ignorance. Instead, I’ll be taking Dr. Dennis Hensley’s idea and taking a colored pencil to the pages to highlight the telling, the back story, and hopefully also some good dialogue and description.
And so I turn to another craft book, because that novel isn’t getting read anytime soon.