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Today's post, "The Read-Through, and a Plea for Help..." can be found at http://magicalwords.net.  Please visit the site, and enjoy!


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Oct. 20th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
The Dark-Eyes’ March, definitely. Much more intriguing a title than The Blood Curse.
Oct. 20th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
Re: $.02
What do you think of The Dark-Eyes' War?
Oct. 20th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: $.02
Also good, though I like "March" better; that is not to say "D. E. War" doesn't give a fit title to a book I've never read; More precisely, it's the "Dark Eyes'" + "March" that draws interest through specificity, while a phrase made of "Blood" + "Curse" is kind of bland in its ubiquity (weird that it should be so, but there it is).
Oct. 21st, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
Re: $.02
Thanks for the input. People on the magical words site liked Dark-Eyes' March, too, but my editor and agent did not because "March" is a bit weak and boring as a title word. A couple of comments on the other site agreed, and I do too. That's how I got to DE War.

Again, thanks very much for the feedback.
Oct. 21st, 2008 11:41 am (UTC)
Re: $.02
More than welcome. Can I ask some advice in return? I have good, substantive, editorial feedback on 10 of 12 chapters. Do I move to chapter 13 and thresh around a bit with plot, or go back and incorporate those suggestions to firm up my picture of the plot? Have you ever faced this issue, and if so, what did you do?
Oct. 21st, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
Re: $.02
Glad to offer some feedback, with the caveat that there is no right way to do any of this -- every writer is different. I usually choose to forge ahead and leave rewrites for later. For me book writing is an exercise in momentum. If I'm moving forward with a book, I'm best off riding that momentum until it's done. On the other hand, if you're at a point in the book where the next step forward is a bit murky and you need direction, then going back and working on what you've done so far might be very helpful. That sounds like I'm punting, and I don't mean to. A lot of this depends on where you are with the book. If you like the progress you're making, my advice would be don't do anything to stall it. But if you're a bit stuck, and believe that the rewrites might help you move forward, by all means do that.
I have done both. With the book I recently finished, I found myself stuck after taking a three week vacation with my family. I basically killed my momentum with the trip. I'd made some notes to myself on things I wanted to go back and fix eventually, so I went back to the beginning, read through the whole thing and incorporated my edits as I went along. By the time I got to where I'd stopped before the trip, I was ready to write again and the rest of the book came pretty easily. On the other hand, with past books I've ignored those notes I make to myself until the book is done, in order to keep myself moving forward.
Is any of this at all helpful. I hope so. If not, let me know and I'll try again.
Oct. 21st, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
Re: $.02
Thanks very much. Very well thought through and precise, as usual. That helped flesh out a number of things I've been grappling with, and It's really helpful to hear someone else weighing the same things in either hand.

It's been hard lately to find the time to write, so I've been very jealous of keeping the time that is available and not wanting to waste in in one direction or another, so it's very frustrating to face a murky period. I think I'll go back and do those incorporations, since only one of the three story arcs is really clear to me, and I have two more chapters before I return to that arc.
Oct. 21st, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
Re: $.02
Sounds like the right choice.
Oct. 21st, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
I think the Dark-Eyes' March is definately more interesting.
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