Some of you may remember from a previous post of mine that recently an editor, who will always have my heartfelt thanks, had sent me a revision letter for my historical manuscript, TO REIGN EDEN. Although the changes were hardly complicated, it took me awhile to figure out how to take apart my story like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and put it back together to form a different, but definitely more beautiful, picture.
Now I can step back and study the new picture with all the pieces intact. And you know what? Iâ€™m even more in love with the story and the characters than ever before.
I scrutinized each piece, each scene, each character, and forced myself to focus on how to make it all behave differently, how to make it all ring truer, how to put together a more complete picture. And you know what I found? My characters and their motivations are stronger, each scene serves its purpose in expressing the need and wants of the characters, and sparks fly between my hero and heroine.
It wasnâ€™t easy for me to do that. No way. Writing is never â€œeasyâ€ for me, but thatâ€™s probably because I expect my stories and characters to convey so much to the reader. I know what I want to experience when I pick up a book and those standards apply to my writing, as well, which can very well lead to a massive headache, but I wouldnâ€™t have it any other way. Oh, and those of you brilliant published authors out there who have no problem creating beautiful stories so quicklyâ€”I bow to your genius and talent!
And even though those standards of mine are high, there are always ways to raise the level of the story. Such was the case when the editor read my story. Yes, I had definitely written the story to my best ability before Iâ€™d sent the manuscript to the publishing house, but with a little guidance and a few suggestions, I managed to learn more about how to write a compelling novel. Boy, I hope Iâ€™ll never stop learning.
No, Iâ€™m not telling you that the story is perfect and will never be revised again (donâ€™t I wish!). Rather, Iâ€™m saying that I am open to becoming a better writer each time I sit down to the computer and visit my stories.
Okay, now itâ€™s time for me to polish my proposal againâ€¦