Course Correction to Include More Tension

Old Maritime Map / Photo by Kriss SzkurlatowskiSo, I sent chapter fifteen to my critique partner and yesterday received her feedback. Now, I need to rethink some things.

You see, I resolved a plot twist and she said, “I’d like to see more tension…” When I thought about it, I realized she’s right. I need to draw it out a bit longer (without being tedious). I love having an astute critique partner. She often makes things more difficult for me (Sorry Cresta), but I know she’s making me a better writer.

While writing this first draft, I’ve discovered I’m a sparse writer. I don’t usually include long summaries (which is good) or dilly-dally before getting to a point. It’s like shopping. When I shop, I know what I’m looking for, I find it and get out. I don’t peruse the merchandise any longer than necessary. My writing is like that too. I know what I want to happen and I make it happen.

After my recent bout of concentration deficiency, I just wanted to get words on the page. I outlined what I wanted to happen, but didn’t really think it through. Now that Cresta has called me on my sloppiness, I can correct my course accordingly.

What about you? Do you have a critique partner that keeps you on your toes? Have you had to make course corrections in your writing?

  • Not sloppy 🙂 Just wanted more action…and we’re supposed to push each other. You’re way ahead of me in the game, but I hope to have an outline to you this week 🙂

    • You did push me and now I have a great idea for more action. You’re gonna love it! 🙂