I’ve really been looking at my manuscript from a different perspective the last few weeks. I got to a point in my editing where I was satisfied. It wasn’t that I thought I was finished, but I was too close to see what needed to be changed.
I stepped away for several months and am itching to get started again. My story is not boring (at least I hope) but my character Jet needs some more spice. I also need to condense some of my scenes. They are great scenes, but some of the wording, dialogue, visual description needs some work.
To help me get to this point, I turned to some great fiction/fantasy writing and dove in to see what others did to be successful. It’s hard to take what someone else has done and make it your own. But, what I have seen is that I can tighten up my ship.
Meteorites have a small part to play in my story and I realized, I need to make them a bigger, more decisive topic from page 1. I’m excited to make some changes.
In the meantime, I will be finishing my second project, a medical mystery. I am currently editing this as well. This has also been crucial. I didn’t stop writing, but went on to the next project. There is nothing that beats more writing.
Have you had major changes in your manuscript? What brought you to those changes?