You can't create emotional impact by telling readers what to feel.
Bring your readers closer to feeling like the story is happening to them.
We see these issues over and over again during editing.
How to get fancy with mystery and metaphor—and when you're overdoing it.
How to sharpen up your word craft no matter what tale you're telling.
A lack of focus and a tell-over-show mindset hamstring this fantasy story's opening.
How to make your protagonist's feeling pop out of the page.
How to craft your conversations to sound realistic on the page.
How far you should zoom your story in—and when you should zoom out.