Summer is coming to an end, the vacation is over and now it’s back to the writing. My goal at the beginning of the summer was to have a completed MS to pitch at the New Jersey RWA conference the first weekend of October. I did get almost 4 more chapters written during June and July but I’m afraid things have come to a halt. In the beginning of August I received the score sheets and feedback from a contest I entered in April – long before I had any clue what I was doing.
Not that I know what I’m doing now but I certainly know more than I did back then. The feedback was pretty much what I was looking for. They liked (and got!) my voice and my humor, believed my story had potential (with changes) and encouraged me to keep writing. That’s exactly what I wanted – an unbiased, educated opinion as to whether I was wasting my time.
But with the feedback came an epiphany. I now understand the changes I have to make to these characters and this story if I want my work to be interesting, entertaining and most important publishable. As it stands right now, these characters are bland, boring and lack conflict. There is no reason for these two NOT to get together. That is a problem.
So it’s back to the drawing board. I believe I can still use most of what I have with slight tweaking in some areas and major tweaking in others. I also believe it is now going to be more fun to write and a great deal more interesting to read. I’m sure I’ll keep learning and having these kinds of epiphanies. At least I hope so.
So, what about you? Any epiphanies lately? It doesn’t have to be about writing. It could be the one I reached lately that for a woman my age there are no good men left to find. I could go into that further but I’ll save that for another blog. *g*
And before I forget, I do have a new target date for finishing my WIP – December 31, 2007.