Making changes is something writers have to do – whether they like it or not.
Mom is one of those writers who does NOT like it. But she does it. Sometimes, she gets a story scored by Rate Your Story, sometimes, her online critique group suggests the changes, and sometimes, she gets a flat out rejection and knows changes have to be made.
She reads and rereads her story. She asks questions like, “Will illustrations enhance the story?” and “Is the sequence of the plot events logical?” and “Do the obstacles increase through the story to a critical level that seems hopeless?” and “Are you licking your tail bandage?” Changes are made based on the answers to those questions. Mostly the answers are, “Yes. Yes. No. And Who? Me?.”
Obstacles have been an issue for Mom. She is aware of it and is working on doing better. Licking my tail bandage has been an issue for me. I am aware of it, and when my bandage is off, I will stop – not right away, but as soon as I taste what’s left of my post-surgery tail.
Story changes and bandage changes are not the only changes around here. Next week, we will move to a new apartment. Mom and I have visited the new place,
brought some of our things there,
got some new things delivered,
and we have played there a lot.
Our illustrations are just iPhone photos,
the sequence of the moving steps seems logical,
and we are sure there will be no obstacles, and nothing critical or hopeless.
Thanks, Socrates. We are focused on “building the new.” New story improvements, new tail sizes, and a new home.