It’s right there in front of me. I just got back the edits from my publisher. I have a lot to work in, but I’m hoping in one or two weeks it’s done and then I wait for the 12 weeks until they publish it.
I was told my paragraphs are too long. I ultimately read a lot of classics, where paragraphs are longer. Do I compromise this? Do I shorten the paragraphs for today’s readers, or go with what I like? I was also told I shouldn’t go into as much detail about building things. Chronology is no plot, was the comment. I don’t know, building a house for people about to die from the elements sounds like a great side story. Actually, I do agree with them. I’ll be eliminating some of the more long winded sessions. There were some traditional spelling errors (it’s not entirely wrong, but according to Webster….), I go with passive voice too often (I actually had a professor challenge the class as to why passive is weaker, and I guess his lesson stuck), and compound nouns should be hyphenated. I have to admit my grammar skills are weak enough that it’s hard for me to identify a compound noun. Or was it adjective? I’m thinking adjective. Either way, I’m a lost puppy. I also know I made up a word or two. Add an -ly to anything and the reader will get what you mean. Webster can go sit on a pole. (Like the long paragraph?) To be fair, I apparently have a 356 word paragraph. This entire post as of now is 270 words.
Is that what people want, though? I have to admit, while reading some older works compared to newer ones, while writing my own stories, I realized that there’s a lot of cookie cutter molds out there we same to gravitate towards. Why are we all conformists? And lets be honest, this is just the complaining of a writer with great ideas and poor grammar. I comprehend this.
Anyway, the finish line is truly in sight. There are things I can do again to get ready. Tonight I’ll be working on my laptop to edit with anime on in the background. Here we go.