Last post I shared some of the critique from Writer’s Digest concerning my new short story “Blurred Lines”. And, of course there are things to fix. One of those I just didn’t see. I think as writer’s we step into our story and live among the characters, setting, thoughts and we feel it so intensely, we miss things because WE see it and expect the reader to as well. That’s why it’s so crazily important to have a good editor.
Well, I did and oopsie all right. I didn’t give Lexi a fatal flaw. As I read Gloria’s feedback, my mouth hung open a bit. “Umm, I forgot a fatal what?” I might have smacked my head a little bit. I mumbled to myself some more and looked back through the story, and sure enough Lexi has some serious wisdom for a senior in high school! That made me crack a smile and begin reading through and writing comments of things to add and change and where.
I did well on the external conflict, but the inner conflict wasn’t strong enough. What did Lexi stand to lose and why? How was she getting in her own way?
Writing is hard, and it has a million zillion pieces to it. I’ve put it away and swore it off, only to keep gravitating back to it again. The bottom line is I love it. So, fortunately I think I can fix it without an entire rewrite.
Have you forgotten an important element in your story? If so, what was it?
Until Next Time…