Nov 7, 2011

Making Changes

As any of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook will know, I've been getting some amazing feedback from my editor, Kristine. I can't tell you how amazing it is having an editor who just gets me so well.

As you may also know, I've decided to try out a pretty big change. I'm taking two characters, both who treat my protagonist in quite different ways, and merging them into one. I'm hoping this will be the best choice for the book and for the series as a whole.

So here's a topic for discussion, have any of you writers, when editing, made a change that has a serious impact on how your story goes? And have any of you readers wondered how things would have gone if the author had made just one different choice at some point in the novel?

3 comments:

  1. My memoir went through several major changes during the revision stage, but of course, I couldn't change characters or morph two into one, because, well, then, it would be fiction, not memoir. I think anything we do to make it more believable and readable, helps the story. As a reader, I don't think about those things, I just like sinking into the story.
    Karen

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  2. I am currently trying to add two characters who were previously only mentioned in passing. It's tough, but luckily I have a strong sense of them in my head, so that's helping.

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  3. I made drastic changes on Uncut Diamonds, more than once! It went from 1st person to 3rd, Cindy became a major character instead of minor, and many other things too numerous to mention. Every change was work, but made the book better.

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