Sunday, August 17, 2008

Hard work

After spending two days agonising over the plotline of my new book, I showed my bare-bones plan to a writing friend. "Does it work?" I asked her. "Is this particular event near the beginning of the book sufficiently significant?"

"Yes," she said. "It is. However, you have two coincidences somewhere else that are unconvincing." Then she suggested a way to deal with the problem.

She was a huge help, and I agree with her misgivings about the plot, and I think her suggestions as to ways to get it right are good. The only problem now is that it's going to be sooooooh much harder to write, and I am a basically lazy person. Extra work is what you get when you ask a good writer for their opinion. Thanks, K.

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