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What a chance...

I received one of those rare rejection letters last week. Everyone yearns for one. The letter that answers why that particular editor didn't accept our work enough to request the rest of the manusciprt. The editor in question outlined how she felt the voice of my character didn't come through right away. Excited, my mind whirled with possiblities of how to fix the problem. This would require many hours of rewriting, editing, tossing, more rewriting, editing, and tossing. Thanks to her, I believe I have the right mixture and am ready to move on to the next submission.

Fingers crossed...

Can an antagonist change to helping the main character?

What a deep question for a Monday, a day devoted to reveling in youngest back at school and a completely quiet house. Yet, as I work through the first draft of my current YA, I find myself wondering if letting four characters my very alone MC thinks of as the pack become her supporters rather than her detractors is right - or is it right at this point. Okay, timing is everything, along with pacing, but it just plain feels right. Maybe I'll have some of the good, old buddy feelings back off as the middle progresses, taking it through to the sub-climax where my gal is forced into a do or die decision and then have those erstwhile friends realize their secrets can in no way be worse than the reason she made the wrong choice.

Hmmm? Deep thinking. Must mull this over with chocolate.

Is it a story? Or is it another good idea

How do we tell if we have a good story or a fantastic idea? Where do we draw the line about how to plot a new book or whether we should tread the waters of short fiction, where the odds of selling that grow smaller by the day?

The newest YA project I undertook seemed so under control. I had a great premise. It's supported by fact and my characters were so proud to join my stable. Then, right as the beginning was winding down, as I headed for the middle (the part of the story, I learned last spring while working a book fair at my local middle school, where the kids just wish we wouldn't write! They told me those parts were boring!), the story seemed to fold. A cure? I went back over the beginning, fleshed out the characters a bit more, and as it headed for the middle, added a bit more tension for the protagonist, something she (and I) never expected.

Will this go to the end? What will my girl do now? Is it possible to even construct a story where the character breaks the law but …