Poor Micki walked into the buzzsaw when she said the draft I posted didn’t sound like a Crusie yet. So I thought I’d expand on the issue here because what she meant was a perfectly good criticism, she just phrased it in an unfortunate manner. (IT’S OKAY, MICKI.) What that kind of comment almost always means is, “This book isn’t like the book that you wrote before that I like,” and that’s a perfectly good criticism. I’m good with that criticism. “I liked Faking It better than this,” is absolutely valid. “I know you wrote this, but this isn’t your writing” isn’t valid.
Isn’t that kind of picky? What’s the big deal? read more >>
Usually the idea is that I rewrite the scene after you all weigh in and we talk about the rewrite, but Toni and I started looking at our two opening scenes last night and realized we were on different planets, so we’re revamping the beginning so we can both get what we need on the page. Which means that by the time we’re done, this is probably going to be the third scene. Or the first. Anyway, back much later, we’re rewriting. And thank you very much for your critiques; they were very helpful.
So all your comments were right.
I’m going to talk about why the scene was like it was, but none of this should be taken as a rationale for keeping the scene that way. I’m rewriting, I’m changing it (thank you very much for your feedback), the scene has problems and I’m fixing them. It is very tempting to say, “Well, I need this, so this has to be that way,” but that’s a cop-out. This is my book, I can write this any way I want, so trying to justify confusing writing by saying, “But I need to do this” is just another way of saying, “I don’t want to figure out a better way to get what I wanted while still giving the reader a good story.”
So here were my goals: read more >>
No, this is not a post about my yarn stash.
I’ve been working on Monday Street with Toni, and I have the fory-sixth draft of the opening scene of the opening scene sequence done, and it’s doing everything I want it to, but I think it may be doing too much. So I could use some feedback, beta readers. How confusing is this:
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