by Susan K. Perry, Ph.D.
Writing a novel? There's first-draft flow, and there's editing flow. And then there comes a time when you think you might be done, yet the manuscript is still not quite "there." To sell your work to an agent, and then to a publisher, and finally to a great many readers, put thoughts of flow aside now, and consider the following advice. Each of the guides mentioned is worthy of your careful attention.
1. Don't describe your characters in generic terms, such as "Danielle was a woman of medium height with brown hair and brown eyes." [Better: Be specific, or, if your character is truly generic, mention that she hates the way people are always mistaking her for someone else.