Friday, 10 July 2009
How Much Is Too Much?
Good morning, Novel Racers. The kettle has just boiled, so let me know what you’d like to drink and I’ll get pouring. Help yourselves to a slice of home-baked bread, toasted if you’d prefer, and please make yourselves comfortable. Sorry for this being a little late, but having written my post last night, I re-read it this morning and decided to change it completely at the last minute.
I don’t have a problem with criticism, and am grateful for any suggestions made to me about my writing, as I feel I need all the help I can get if I ever want to be published. Last year I received a critique of my book which, although gave me detailed reasons why I had to make certain revisions, also said that she/he thoroughly enjoyed reading it, that it was very close to being published and a fine novel.
However, amongst other points made, the reader thought my protagonist’s character came through very well, however, there were points where she came across as bad tempered and bitchy. So, among many other changes, I amended this problem too, or at least I thought I had. The report this year stated that my protagonist could be rather too much of a ‘doormat’.
I honestly thought I’d covered all the points mentioned last year, but it seems that I’ve missed the point and either gone too far, or something, as it appears that my book reads worse this year than it did before I spent nearly a year working on it.
So, my question to you is, how much is too much? How do you know when you are improving your book, or simply ruining it?
Posted by Deborah Carr (Debs) at 07:50