It's always good to have a second set of eyes to look over what you're writing. And it's good to take suggestions from people you trust. =)
At long last (haha!) I got the edits back for the novel I have going through the publication process right now. This is all new to me. I, um, kind of thought that after I turned in my revisions we'd change a word here or there, maybe add in a comma if I'd forgotten it, and then they'd sing the praises of my story and send it off to publication months early.
Feel free to join me in my naive laughter. =)
Instead, I've learned that there are several (and maybe more!) rounds of edits to go through. And the thing is, I know some people get grumpy about these, but honestly? I'm kind of enjoying it! It's so fun to have someone go through my story and point out ways I could make it better.
So that's what I'm working on these days. I just wanted to give you a little insight into what this process looks like, at least for me.
For your own writing inspiration purposes, here are some of the things, in general, that I am having to work on.
1. Subplots (as Betsy just talked about!) HAVE to carry through your whole story. Don't forget they're there. If you add them in later in your story, make sure you go back to the beginning and weave them there too.
2. Conflict. Make sure there's a TON. Your heart wants your hero and heroine to get together, but you Must. Keep. Them. Apart. Rub your hands together and yell "mwahahaha!" if that makes it easier for you to keep them from falling in love too easily.
3. Tiny details. Anything you notice that seems off, or that doesn't make sense to you, an editor (or a good crit partner!) is going to notice it. Stop and fix those things now. =)
Any questions about the editing process? About how it feel to have someone make changes to your literary "baby?" About what kind of coffee is my favorite?
Have a happy weekend!