Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Outside and Inside Story

What am I reading now?  Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Fairie Tale (Tamra Torero)
Annnd . . . what do I think so far?  I liked the main character, Shayla. I appreciated that she wasn't self-assured and wise beyond her years. I know that doesn't sound like a complement, but it is. She's a teenager and she was written to sound like one. Her voice was authentic. She has doubts about everything, but she was learning to overcome those doubts and trust herslef. 
I didn't like that the resolution to the story wasn't tightly tied to the problem at the beginning, it kind of blind-sided me. I wish there had been more foreshadowing or more scenes that built a case for the climax of the story. That said, I also liked the supporting characters, Josi and Daniel--I even warmed up to Jace.
3 Stars = I liked it.

My Favorite quote from the book? "A brief moment of disappointment washed over me as I approached Jace’s lifeless body. Here I was, about to kiss a boy on the lips for the very first time, and he was completely comatose—possibly paralyzed—and would never even know or remember the experience. This was not how I’d envisioned my first kiss—me invisible, him unconscious."

My Epiphany this Week
Deanna and I have revising/editing our current story for weeks! We've send it to beta-readers and received back some great feedback. Thank you Kristi and Jenni!

But here's the thing--it still feels flat. I know that sounds bad. It is.
So I've been thinking a lot about that and had an epiphany.
The outside story is fine.
The inside story is not. 

Here's my short list for revisions for the next two weeks.

And my focus for writing: Check the outside story, but focus on the inside story.


Donna K. Weaver said...

Oooo . . . good things to think about. My head hurts with how much there is to think about. =D

Deanna said...

Love our amazing beta-readers! It's so good to see what they notice and we can not only fix in that manuscript but in the current WIP.