5 Year Writing Goal: January update
I’m taking part in Misha and Beth’s Five Year Project and my five-year goal is to write a novel and get it published. This is my update on progress this month with my novel, The Reluctant Scribe.
My most recent – and most helpful – critique was by a retired professor of English literature. She suggested my character needed more reflection and more internal dialogue in certain places. And she thought the ending was too abrupt (another reader made the same comment).
I printed off the whole thing and read it through again. It’s 5 months since I last did this, and the passage of time really helped me take an objective view. The final decisions made by my main character seemed obvious to me at the time of writing, but with the benefit of distance I realise that the story would be made stronger with more exposition.
Showing is great. But sometimes you have to do a little telling too!
I am making the following changes:
- Inserting some introspective reflection to more clearly explain my main protagonist’s final actions.
- Inserting an additional scene, towards the end, where my hero interacts with his brother and demonstrates his own growth as a person.
- Creating a further extra scene which deals with the main villain of the book. This was something that had been nagging me for some time, unconsciously, and I realised the story would be far more satisfying to the reader if my young Tang boy managed to get his revenge.
These changes should be completed by the end of next month. My only fear is that I get distracted by Birkbeck projects. But the end is definitely in sight.