With the earth doing it's own thing, it seems only fitting that I should be stuck with challenges, too.
If you remember, I sent two chapters of my MS to my editor. She sent it back with hardly a revision. It felt great to again accomplish such a feat. So few red marks, I had to search for them. *g*
I had also sent the chapters to my writers group. We met on Saturday and the comments were many. There were two folk who decided they were confused by a scene. Well - two is enough to seriously consider revision. So I'll take their confusion and turn it into smooth sailing.
Otherwise, I was told the scenes were not expanded enough. Now, you know I've been going back and looking at each chapter, after that wonderful workshop I went to, and have 'blown up' a few parts. These were not part of that.
I have a tendency to keep action at the forefront. I don't like to give too much description. I am writing about a castle. Two people wanted more description of the castle. Now, one said she loves castles and likes to imagine them, what they're like and such.
A castle is a castle. You see one, you see them all. I have put down that it is very large, that the throne room is nice, but sparse, and that the dining hall is huge. Enough for 1000 squires to eat in. I have given some description as to the hero/heroine's quarters. What more can you want?
Personally, I don't like travelogue-type books. I like action books. I give enough detail that we can see that the grass is blue and the sky is green.
I struggled with the expanding / contracting argument and find that I am still new to this writing business. I go with my gut - and my gut says, a castle is a castle.
They also want more detail on the new characters who have joined us. I did give a wee bit, and plan to do more. But not yet.
I will, of course, re-read the chapters and see exactly what they might need without making this a book entitled, Castles I Have Known.
Life is good - no matter what.