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As many of you know, a literary agent recently critiqued the first ten pages of my novel. Although, the premise was intriguing, she found ch.2 slow and thought it introduced too many characters. She provided suggestions on ways to improve the chapter and pacing.
Anyone that knows me well, will tell you I'm averse to change. I felt overwhelmed by the amount of time it would take to revise my chapter. And that didn't include the ripple effects on the rest of the novel.
At one point, I even considered tossing the project out the window and beginning anew. Then, my husband, the voice of reason, talked me into following through with the changes. Needless to say, I'm glad he did. The changes taught me so much about the importance of pacing in fiction.
After almost two months of writing, rewriting and writing again, I'm almost done with the revisions. The novel is far richer and the characters have more dimension and texture than before. There's a moral to this story. Essentially, don't fear change, embrace it. Life's a journey of lessons and experiences. If we hide from them, then we'll never grow as writers or as people.
I plan to submit the first fifty pages to the agent at the end of next week, after my writer's group meets. For the first time in years, I really feel good about my novel. I think it's FINALLY where it needs to be. Let's just hope the agent agrees as well. Please keep your fingers crossed for me. Until next time my friends, happy writing.