Friday’s Writing Advice from Larry Bond

Bond-smToday’s writing advice comes from Larry Bond, author of best selling spy thrillers like Blood of War and Exit Plan:

Don’t get lost in the hardware. It’s fun and it’s cool, but it’s there for the same reason there are crime labs in cop shows and horses in westerns. They are tools that let the characters do their jobs, and your effort should be on creating living, three-dimensional characters. Explain what the gear does so that when the character does his thing, the reader won’t wonder how he did it. Put in too many numbers or details and the reader’s eyes glaze over. At best, they’ll skip the paragraph. At worst, they’ll close the book.

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