This is my June contribution to Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers' Support Group. (Click on the link to read posts from other participants.)
I am a little lost right now. Honeydew Ever After is my second attempt at a novel. It’s still a learning game, but this time, I dared send an early draft to a few patient readers, who gave me plenty of actionable feedback. With their comments in mind, I deleted a ton of unnecessary backstory at the beginning, made the climax more plausible by changing a location, combined several chapters, and rewrote one in a different character’s point of view. I focused on my tendency to over describe and cut, cut, cut. And, I fixed grammar and spelling and typos…which will forever be my weakness.
After many weeks of this, I finished, then started right in on (my new) Chapter One again, which I polished and refined, before forcing myself to stop. I need to step away, but trust me. I know I’m not done. I’ve got to go through the story again and make sure the action flows, confirm the logic and check that timelines and events tie back correctly.
But then what? I have it in my mind there’s a whole lot more work ahead of me, but I’m not sure what it is.
Any suggestions you care to leave will be gratefully considered.