I recently had an offer from an editor to read through my completed manuscript and tell me if there were any trouble spots. Unfortunately, he found some. Yet, as a writer, I know that his comments are true and I’m willing to go back and do… yet another… rewrite.
The editor said that by the end of chapter 3, he was quite prepared to murder the main character. This is not the first time I’ve been told this. Apparently, the other characters are fine but the main character is enough to drive a person to suicide… or murder.
I’m a serious writer, and while some people will hide in a corner and cry, I will take note and do something about it. The editor didn’t make that comment and leave it at that – he made heaps of suggestions on how to improve the character’s personality. I love those suggestions and after some discussion, I’ve decided that she will be given a complete “face lift”.
So… change of plan. I was using the snowflake process to plan a new novel but I’m now using the process on this manuscript instead. I started yesterday, and I’m onto step 3 already. This shows that I know the plot and characters well (by the way). I have to work out how I’m going to change the scenes to reflect the character’s new personality. It should be fun!
I have a positive feeling about these changes.