A special thank you to Rebecca for reminding me that I needed to post again.
My original goal when launching this blog was to post at least twice a week. Obviously I need to do better with that. :lol:
On the revision front, I'm moving along--slowly but surely. The first two chapters have been revised, polished and shipped off to crit partners. I've already received the feedback for chapter one and after analyzing it, it's obvious I need to go back in and make some changes. Strangely enough, the things I was worried about ended up not being much of an issue. Only one out of the four had a problem following the dialogue and nobody had an issue with the volume of characters introduced.
The two things they did have problems with, were things I was totally blind to. Like the tone of the first few pages and the likeability of the hero. Although, TBH-- I knew the hero could be a problem...because...well... he's an ass. :lol: Interestingly enough, the verdict on the hero was split-- two loved him, and two...well not so much. One of the things I'll be doing when I go back into chapter one, is explain a bit more why he is acting the ass. Ramp up his motivation so to speak. I think that will fix his likeability ratio.
I'm going to wait to go back in and fix things until after I get the crits back for chapters three and four. I suspect there will be issues in both these chapters that will need to be addressed earlier-- in chapters one and two.
As for Chapter two, well that one seems to be a hit. I've got feedback from 3 out of the 4 people I sent it to, all highly favorable. So no major changes there. Chapter three, however, has been a PITA. It just wasn't flowing, and the banter between the hero and heroine turned into page filler rather than actually accomplishing anything and then a couple of the characters who were supposed to be in there, just sort of vanished. :lol: After struggling with it for four days, I finally just deleted the entire thing and started over. The new version is going much smoother and is very close to the way I'd envisioned it. So I think I've finally fixed the problem. It's amazing how deleting and starting over can fix things for me.
I will admit that I slacked off a bit this past week. I got hit with a nasty cold, and started sleeping in rather than getting up and writing before heading to work. Add in the fact by the time I’d get home I was exhausted. So I missed several days. I’m back on track again as of today though. For the first time in a week I got up at 4am and worked until 6:30. Maybe that’s why the writing went so smoothly.
Those early morning sessions are a must for me!
So how are you guys doing? What kind of progress are you looking at?