I sent Callie’s Story to my Kindle for the first read through. My initial thought: It’s long. Now I worry that it’s too long. At least 10%, if not more, will be gone by the time I’m completely finished editing, but even still it will be a long. Does anyone know if high word counts are an automatic no go for YA editors? The latest Twilight and Harry Potter books certainly exceeded the normal length, but the authors’ first book in their series was considerably shorter.
The beginning of the story was surprisingly good. I laughed. Congratulated myself. I must admit I felt a bit smug. Wow. I AM a good writer. I doubted myself, too. Did I really write this?
Then I left the beginning portion of the book and doubted no more.
The middle sucks. Completely. It’s boring. Callie is wishy-washy to the extreme. There’s no tension. I completely dropped a sub plot I’d started in beginning. One that would have made the middle more interesting at least. I wanted to pull Callie aside and slap her many times. “Make up your damn mind. You’re even giving me whiplash!” She’s very weepy. I bet she cried enough tears to fill up a 5-gallon bucket.
Thankfully the book ended on a high note. As I left the middle, things grew considerably better. There’s definitely more to fix in this section than there is in the beginning, but at least it was able to capture and then keep my attention until the end.
My next step is to analyze the story scene by scene. Does this scene move the plot? Where’s the tension? What’s the scene’s goal? What’s each characters’ goal?
Hmm, as I’m writing this post, I realize that I actually started writing all of that stuff down in the beginning before I wrote each scene. Then…I grew lazy. I just wanted to start writing, not think about writing. Note to self: Don’t be lazy next time. It doesn’t pay off in the end.