I had a nearly three hour call with my editor last week. It was majorly productive, but it left me at a point where I have a LOT of work ahead of me. I’m grateful because I know that this process will make this better when it is all said and done, but… it is still a lot. It’s a little ridiculous how not prepared for that I was. I KNOW on every level that this isn’t an easy process just from what I’ve read about it from authors I read, but it still came as a surprise just how much work I have left to do.
I’d had a ton of notes from what he had sent of his first round of feedback and edits. I was pretty sure I’d worked out many of the issues he had pointed out at that point, but getting into the call and talking about those fixes made me see that not all of those ideas really worked. We spent a ton of time talking about believability and how based in reality it comes across as to a reader. One of the struggles I’ve had with this is that the core idea behind the story IS completely unbelievable. I’ve got to find ways to balance it so it doesn’t turn a reader off the story. I spent the weekend trying to work out better solutions and find that balance. I have a bit of research I need to do (on top of the hours of research I’ve already put into this) that will hopefully help me find some places to fix some of those issue.
This week will be me heads down working on this, trying to fix some of those holes. I’m still a little bit in that “I don’t know where to start” feeling of being overwhelmed by what I have to look forward to as I haven’t resolved everything in my head yet. A few of the fixes are ones I know I need to make, but I’m not entirely happy about because they are things I really liked about how I had them. But they don’t really work so they NEED to be changed.
Yes, this is going to be hard. Yes, it is going to be a ton of work. It kind of feels like I’m getting ready to amputate a limb from one of my kids, but I’m okay with that. After the call last week, I’m even more convinced I have the perfect editor for this project. Not only does he have the personal life experiences to give advice on who and where to make things that much better, but he is completely honest in his feedback and doesn’t sugar coat it. If it doesn’t work, he is going to tell me just that. If he thinks it might work better if I handled something a little differently, he tells me that. He even tells me when something is just a personal preference instead of a hard line mistake. I honestly don’t think I could have found a better person to help me bring this story to life.
Now… I’m off to
butcher fix my story.