Thursday, July 22, 2004

The book asserts itself

I tried to totally rewrite that pivotal chapter yesterday. I really did. But the book asserted itself, as my books have a tendency to do, and informed me that I was going about revisions all wrong. Once I looked over that chapter, I saw there was so much important plot information in it, and so much crucial character growth, that I couldn't bring myself to change it. So I spent the day changing the rest of the book to fit that chapter. That sounds crazy, but I think it was actually easier than rewriting that one chapter. At any rate, it was the right thing to do. The plot is fairly cohesive now. However...

DH, who functions as my critique partner, read the second half of the book last night, while I was out. When I came home, he said he liked the futuristic aspects of the book very well... but where was the internal conflict in the second half of the book? When I thought about it, I realized he was right. I've been so focused on the sci-fi and action aspects of the plot (STRANGER being my first futuristic romance) that I let the romance aspect slide a bit. There's plenty of sex, but not a lot of internal conflict, which is what should be really driving the story. Groan... back to revising.

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