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Cynthia Capley

I think one of my struggles is figuring out how much detail to put in. I’ve read historical where there is so much detail that I start to skim. I feel there is a balance but haven’t quite figured out what that balance should be.

I do have a question regarding Lesson 4. In the past there was more setup and in romances, readers were shown each main character in their ordinary world before they meet. It seems in some recently published novels that they start in the middle of the personal inciting incident. If a romance, the couple is being introduced right away. Is there a trend to not show as much of the ordinary world? It seems shortening that means that word count needs to be devoted to other plot points or the Act I would end up shorter.


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