Searching for Substance

>I’m still musing over the Art rewrites. I want to have it ready in the off chance a request for more than 25 pages comes through via the Daphne finals, although I realize its a long shot. But I figure, even if no request is made, the revisions have to be made.

I’ve been over and over this ms, trying to figure out why it feels so…flat, so…superficial. I think I’ve identified the reason, or part of the reason, but I haven’t discovered a way to fix the problem.

In past manuscripts, I’ve uncovered depth by digging into my characters, discovering the worst possible thing that could happen to them, take it one step further, give it a twist, then throw the life-altering grenade into the ring.

A few of those little beauties have helped in this manuscript, but its still missing something. It needs substance. It needs a deeper universal appeal.

It needs teeth.

Where do you find that essential grip for your stories?

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