With getting ready to move I haven’t been able to work on my WIPs as much as I’d hoped during the beginning stage of this little sabbatical. But I did manage to find two more beta readers for Book 3 via twitter. I just got their feedback yesterday but once again they were split. During my first round of feedback I was faced with the same dilemma. One reader wanted more of a sub-plot while the other appreciated it being more of a character driven story. I thought getting a few more opinions would help me come to a decision but it looks like I’m right back where I started. Hopefully next week I’ll be able to get back to work and a resolution will come to me. But I guess I’ll just have to trust my instincts on this one.
Book 4…well if you saw my post earlier this week then you’ll know I’ve decided to start from scratch on this one. My characters are pretty solid and the relationships develop at a nice pace but there’s just not enough tension. I need a tighter plot and a bigger central conflict and the only way for me to properly weave that through what I’ve already got is to re-write the entire thing from start to finish. I’m definitely not looking forward to it. And I’m especially not looking forward to pushing back my deadline but if I want it to be right then I have to be willing to do what needs to be done.
Lots of setbacks these past couple of weeks but I’m looking forward to getting settled into a routine again and finally making some progress!