Sunday, January 22, 2006

Out for Review

I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top.
--Unknown English Professor

I've spent much of the weekend revising the prologue and chapters 1-3 of In Her Eyes. Now I have sent them to two test readers for their opinions. I'm hoping they won't have the same opinion as the English professor quoted above. I doubt they will be quite so harsh, and I'm looking forward to some helpful comments from both of them.

Revising this story has been a huge learning experience for me. Chapter 3 in particular bears little resemblance to the original version. In my first draft, the conflict I set up between the hero and heroine essentially vanishes in chapter 3. I realized later that this conflict needed to last a bit longer, so that required significant rewriting. I've also bolstered the world-building somewhat.

I'm so familiar with the characters, and I know what happens in the story, so I'm quite curious about how someone who isn't familiar with them will react. I just have to remind myself that I won't hear anything until mid-February.

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