In which the author was informed of shortcomings

Okay, so apparently, my writing has some somewhat slow patches. Lately, I’ve been thinking about how I might improve…well, everything, so this is a good time for the you-kinda-suck meteor to hit.

I’ve officially entered slash and burn mode with my scifi book. There’s too much of it. The feedback I’ve gotten from test readers has been about 95% negative. Most of the complaints were about pacing.

When I think about where I might’ve gone wrong, it was likely in my initial notes. I plot out my novels pretty thoroughly, but then I neglect to read the notes before I start writing. I read them as I write, of course; that’s what they’re for.

But what I need to do is a note edit between the writing of the notes and the writing of the book. That’s definitely happening in the future.

I also need to focus on cutting almost all the scenes that don’t involve people running for their lives. I have grossly underestimated the importance of constant running. There are authors who can get away with a slower pace. I am, apparently, not one of them.

I’ve actually gotten similar feedback on my writing once before during the edit of my first middle grade novel. I ended up halving the word count by the end of it, and the pacing was better after that. Turns out, the thing that was wrong with that book is also a thing that’s wrong with at least some of my other writing.

But those are things I can fix.

I will have to make an effort to keep the action from being repetitive, too. I don’t want to end up at a point in which readers are like oh, good, another shootout. We didn’t have one of those like two pages ago.

This book probably still won’t be constant running, but I can definitely make it more consistent running.

/Takes out red marker/

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2 comments on “In which the author was informed of shortcomings

  1. MichaelEdits says:

    I recently dug out an incomplete draft that I stopped working on back in March, because I knew I needed to forget everything and look at it with fresh eyes. So when I dug it out of mothballs last month, I started making many comments about editing with a chainsaw. Hunting down Jackyl videos and such. It’s readable now. Not finished, but readable. Baby steps and all that. Write on!

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