Last week I was lucky enough to have an editor read over my Ines & Levi story, and it was definitely an eye opening experience.
I almost had myself convinced that Damaged was good to go, I was ready to enter it in a contest and then look at self-publishing… but after the feedback I received, I see I am still a way off having my story perfected.
It didn’t upset me as such, but I did find myself re-thinking everything I know and everything I’ve written to date, which was a bit of a downer. Now I’ve had time to think about it, I am glad I had the opportunity to put my work in front of an editor!
All the feedback was extremely useful, and I was able to see exactly what the editor meant with her various remarks. The advice she gave me are going to help me become a better writer, that much I know!
That said, I am now left wondering what to do with Ines and Levi because, as the editor pointed out to me, it isn’t event technically a romance! How on earth could I have even missed that? I guess I got too carried away in telling the story and didn’t put enough thought into the actual bones of the story.
I think I have two options now – three actually. The first is that I can edit the story as is and market it as women’s fiction, but that feels almost as if I am betraying myself. Not to mention it is full of sex and that would need to be changed to fit in with women’s fiction. Taking out the sex makes me feel sick to my stomach, I guess because it’s such an integral part of who I am as a writer.
Another option is to rewrite the story so it follows a more traditional romance arc, the problem with this is that the story will be completely different. Different, but at least I’ll be being true to myself as a writer. It will be a big task, I’ll need to completely restructure the story… but I love Ines and Levi, and the story they have to tell.
The last option is to leave Ines and Levi where they are, using what I have learnt to help craft an even better story next time. Because the story I have in mind for Valentina and Ryan fits the romance arc, I can carry on their story, meaning Ines and Levi aren’t completely lost forever.
In reality, I don’t think the first option is an option at all. The most important aspect to my stories – in my mind at least – is the romance, rather than romance as a subplot. Options two and three are going to take time and effort, but that is what writing is all about.
If anyone has any thoughts on whether I should rewrite or start something new (well, focus on Valentina and Ryan) I would love to hear from you!