Today I sent the latest version of my manuscript to my agent. At his suggestion he had encouraged me to tighten the manuscript. A polite way to say I needed to cut some of it out. He did give me one suggestion while I go went the process, and that was to remember that in music — the pauses (the space between) are just as important as the notes.

I reflected on this suggestion this morning. What is the quality of my pauses? We hear the term “His silence speaks mouthfuls.” Or one of my new favorite’s “even his silences were strong.” (Look for it in my book.) When my mother got really quiet, I knew I was in trouble. We communicate in what we say, and often in what we don’t say.

I need to work on the quality of my silence.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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