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Friday, April 11, 2008


BJ Hoff shared this on one of the writing loops we belong to:

One new writer asked me this:

I'd like to know how to acquire more texture in my writing, any suggestions?

"Texture" seems to mean different things to different people, but it's a word that's definitely still in play with fiction writers and editors. For me, it means layers--in characterization, in plotting, in setting--in just about every aspect of the fiction process. It brings more depth, more "color," more richness to a novel.

I asked my editor what it means to him, and he thought a good synonym *would* be "depth"--depth in character and in a style of writing that appeals to the senses. He mentioned that he uses the word quite often. And he also made the interesting observation that texture doesn't
necessarily have much to do with a novel's success, that some novels without much texture still sell very well, while others with a great deal of texture don't ... but that you can turn that around and it still applies.

It has more to do with "quality" and depth than with sales success.

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Several of my author friends shared their thoughts...I'll be posting them over the next few weeks.

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Becoming Me said...

Thank you for the great advice.

Wrinkled Shirt Ministries said...

I've really enjoyed reading all of the tips you've posted on your blog. It's very helpful. Thanks!

Tricia Goyer said...

I'm glad I could help!!