Well, guys, whaddya know? Listening to Destiny is finally back from the editor! I have completely looked through the manuscript and… well… yeah. I looked over the editor’s notes, then took a pen and started making my own marks. I plan on taking a different color pen (light blue or green…) and going over the paper version one more time before I take it to the computer and actually start to fix the mistakes. Then I plan on printing it out one last time and going through it again and then…
…and then calling it the final draft!
So… what were my biggest mistakes? Bad transitions and tense changes.
See, this was the first story I ever wrote in present tense. It was awesomeness. I loved it, loved the way it turned out, the way Destiny seems to be talking straight to you. (I love reading first-person present-tense!) But occasionally, I’d switch back first-person past-tense and… yeah. There’s little pockets where there are all sorts of fixes on that scattered all through Listening to Destiny. If you do use a different tense than you’re used to, watch out for those pesky little changes. And you know what? Even if you’re using your usual tense… still watch out for them. They’re sneaky, people. Sneaky, I tell you!
The second problem I had was transitions. That was, um, definitely choppy. Some chapters started and I, the author (granted, I haven’t read it since November), couldn’t figure out how much time had passed between that chapter and the last chapter… Not good, guys. When writing also make sure your readers (and you) have a clear idea of how much time has passed. Because if that’s not obvious… well… it gets confusing and confusing loses readers. And losing readers ain’t fun. Neither are bad reviews for that matter. So yeah. Make sure your story is understandable!
And then, if you do all that, everything will be absolutely perfect and you’re guaranteed to be a New York Times Best Seller and have good movies made off of your books and all that awesomeness jazz.
Um… that is… I wish.
Listening to Destiny still has a good amount of work to go through and still a bit more writing that could use a touch of creative thinking, but she’s come a long way too. I’m excited to finish up this journey to publishing and see where it takes me!