Top tips for writing a novel:

5) Create the scene. Some information is better summarized. Does your character, Jane, come from a long line of doctors? It’s probably okay to say this in a sentence, instead of following each one of them day-by-day through medical school (unless that’s supposed to be the subject of your novel). But if your novel is about Jane’s marital problems, and Jane finally decides to confess to her husband about her affair, your reader wants to see and hear that confrontation. Don’t just mention that Jane makes a confession. Show the reader what she says. Show what her husband answers. Show their body language. Show their daughter walking in on the fight. Show the orange juice stain on the wall after Jane throws her glass across the room. 

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