Stops and starts …

This past week has been full of stops, starts, and shifting of gears. On one note, my short story is finally coming together. Hopefully, I’ll be writing the final chapters in the next week or so. Whether or not this turns into a new series remains to be seen.

I’ve been having some interesting chats and phone conversations with the beta reader that just finished reading Eternal Embrace. She had an interesting idea about moving one of the scenes closer to the beginning of the story. While moving the scene would allow one character more leeway, it would also leave gaping holes in a lot of other areas. I had to really think on this one. While I could see the plausibility of what she was talking about, I would have to rewrite a good bit of the book. After a lot of tossing the idea back and forth, I opted to leave the scenes as they were.

It wasn’t only the amount of work that was daunting. It was the fact that she told me the first half of the book had ‘meat’, but was lacking the ‘potatoes’. She said the second half was great. But she could tell where I had hit my stride and the words started to flow. Apparently, this book has a slow start; and I need to fix it. Back to the drawing board …

This is the kind of feedback I need. I value the opinions of my beta readers, and take their advice and comments seriously. Beta readers and editors are vital to an author, and crucial to the finished polish of their books. Without them, our stories would be grammatical messes with plot holes large enough to sink into to. I’m doing my best to avoid most of that. My job now is to tear apart Eternal Embrace paragraph by paragraph. I’m going to put some potatoes alongside the meat and make a complete meal.

I hope you enjoy your holiday weekend. Please don’t forget the reason behind the extra day off. Remember to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. We owe them our freedom.

Until next week,

~ Madison

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