Before Christmas, I got back a rather lengthy, substantial and very worthy readers report from my agent. Those reports, like editor revision letters, take time to take in!
I once received two editorial letters from two very prominent publishers, but unfortunately both letters had varying opinions on the direction of the book. One saw it one way, the other took it in a completely different direction. That was a very rough experience, in that what direction DO YOU CHOOSE?
Like those crossroads. Like hey, do I take a leap or run for cover?
That sort of thing.
Okay, this wasn't life.
This was a book.
It was a special book and I loved the premise, but the original concept and texture was becoming murk and muddle and lost in what I thought the editors wanted, or some middle ground between the two.
Not good. So not good!
Don't do it. You must incorporate, but also stay true, or it becomes a case of too many cooks!
So getting back to this report, which is for another book, another story that is hell fun to write, but it is taking time. Throw in some wolf-like distractions and y'know that thing called life and it was taking even longer.
I didn't mind. I knew it would eventually reveal itself to me.
But when I first read the letter, when after only twenty-four hours I screeched in over-enthused delight that I was onto it, tackling it, saw the direction to go, my agent, savy and wise said only one thing.
"Linda. Take your time. Let your character drive the story."
I thought about it. Her words sat with me and have sat with me the entire time I've been writing.
Don't be the writer who intervenes in the journey.
Be the writer who witnesses it!
It's your character's story. You're just lucky enough to tell it!
All best, in love and writing!