The End is only the Beginning

Last post I mentioned I was working on editing my book. I wrote The End and set it down. Then I read it. The End is only the beginning of the journey. Once it’s written, an author needs to revise, rework, and improve what they wrote.

I’ve decided I need to change the beginning; add another chapter in front of the beginning. This new beginning is like tossing a stone in a pond, and I will now have to fix the ripple effects that will follow.

I found a great book, “Romancing the Beat” by Gwen Hayes, that I highly recommend if you plan to write romance. It really helped me identify missing pieces in my book, and it’s short. She talks about how romance books have beats in each part, and she breaks up the middle into two parts (so instead of a beginning, middle and end, you have beginning, two pieces in the middle, and the end). These beats help to make the story complete.

When I read a book, I’m reading for enjoyment. I get involved in the story and the characters. Some books I stop reading in the middle. When I stop reading a book, I don’t analyze why, just put the book down and don’t pick it back up. As an author, that is the last thing you want. You want your readers to be so engrossed in the story and characters that they can’t put it down. They stay up until 3:00 a.m. on a work night reading.

If it is a good book, it contains characters you care about, a story that is interesting, tension (something bad MIGHT happen), and conflict. Without those key components, you have a snooze fest. Those are the books you put down and don’t think about again. I don’t want my book to be one of those.

There are a lot of resources out there on how to write a book. This is important, but equally important is how to EDIT a book. How to take the creation from your mind and turn it into a great story. It’s at this stage when you make sure the key elements are there.

So, wish me luck; I’m off to work on those key elements so I can give you a GREAT story.