The sign on the crane across the street reads: LINK-BELT. The construction crew is probably focusing on what the crane is hauling up to the roof. As for me, the Book Three writing crew of one, I am focused on the words.
Link. Belt. Link. Belt. That’s exactly the stage that Book Three is in right now. Having finished a first draft, and a second draft, and several partial revisions, I am now ready to put these 70,000 or so words to the Link-Belt test.
Link. Does every scene flow naturally into the next scene? Does every paragraph in the scene flow naturally into the next paragraph? Does every sentence in the paragraph flow naturally into the next sentence? Does every word in the sentence flow naturally into the next word? I leave the letters in every word to Spell Check and the dictionary.
Belt. Even if all the individual links work, what about the story as a whole? Does it all cinch together properly? Have I said what I wanted to say, or, to be more accurate, what my characters decided they wanted to say? Have I belted in enough “story” to instill in readers a willing suspension of disbelief?
In short, does it all hang together?
Come back in a while, and I’ll give you my best guess.