Sunday, January 17, 2010

When revisions are due?

I just received some very helpful criticism about the beginning chapters of my novel which is making me think a revision of the start is beyond due before I submit to any more agents. How do you know, or can judge, whether a comment or suggestion should be taken?

I have made mistakes when I was starting out with my crit group where I took everyone's advice (that's definitely not to be advised)... I then had to learn the hard lesson that no matter how hard you try, you can't please everyone.

I have decided that the beginning of Haven needs to be altered. A few people have pointed this out to me, so since there's more than one I know there's a problem... and it's hard for me to admit it. I know changing it will be good for the story as a whole.

So, how does everyone know when it's time to make some changes? Or, when it's time to make changes based on some critique you've received?


Kerri Cuev said...

I think when you get multiple people telling you the same thing it is time to make a change. With small random thing I use caution because I don't want to loose my voice! Do what feels right,that gut feeling, your inner voice that just KNOWS!

Elana Johnson said...

It's a gut thing. When you read the critique and you're like, "Noooo." then you usually need a few days away to really decide. Sometimes it's still No, but for me, most of the time it's Crap-I-need-to-but-I-don't-wanna.


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