|"Forest Bridge" representing "A Bridge of Change" (for this blog|
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The second reason it was interesting to write this post is that "change" was what the sermon was about at my church this morning... physical and spiritual change. Last week the pastor challenged the congregation to get physically fit by June, and to continue (always) to work on their spiritual relationship with God. Before this challenge I had already decided to challenge myself to loose the weight I need to before summer. I've been loosing slowly, but it's time to kick my butt in gear and crack down. And what better time to commit to change than at the beginning of a new year? (Yes, I said "commit"... I've vowed that this resolution won't end up half-finished. However, the subject of commitment requires a different post.)
But you see, even that last reason isn't the one I chose to write this post about. No, this post is about change in your novel - or my novel, as the case stands.
You remember my "finished" manuscript, Song of the Daystar? Well... the hard truth is that a book is never really "finished" until it is on the printing press and the author has no way to get in and change things.
And before you ask, Yes SOTD is still under submission: no, I haven't gotten word of whether it is accepted or rejected yet.
But... I was blessed with a truly insightful beta reader since submitting SOTD who has pointed out a few serious character inconsistencies at the beginning of what once was considered the "finished" version of my manuscript. And she has also kept my imagination fed when my pool of inspiration has grown stagnant from lack of ideas. This beta reader is Adele Treskillard, and I would just like to take a moment to sincerely thank her for all her help.
Thanks Adele!!! :D
She's really great.
However, to fix these inconsistencies, the entire beginning (about 6-8 chapters worth) has be rewritten with a different premise. And to do this correctly, at least three characters have to go. They just aren't important enough and can be replaced by characters who are stronger and better for the roll.
Does this hurt? Well... maybe. It hurts my heart just a little to think of cutting and changing so much. But it doesn't hurt the novel at all; instead it makes it stronger. And, to be completely honest with myself and you readers, I'm really excited about these changes. Totally stoked, in fact. I haven't felt this ready to write since October... (November doesn't count: as soon as I sat down to do Nano, all my ideas flew out the window.)
So... *pours self and blog-followers an invisible drink of nonalcoholic white grape fizzy drink*... Here's to change in the New Year... change of all types, shapes, colors, textures, sounds, and mice... er, price. (hehe!)
*clinks glass and gulps fizzy white grape drink down*
Ah! So much better... now I can move on. :D