It’s been over a year since I posted my first expert, so it’s high time I give an update (of some sort).
First, my WIP is now titled Before You Fade (not Second Chances). I think this title will stick, for now, because it more accurately represents the story’s emotional arc.
In addition to a new title, I made some plot adjustments. These changes did not affect the first few pages, but it did affect how I view my characters and their journey. And I am ever grateful to fellow writers who offered their input over sandwich and chips.
Last July, I also subjected my first five pages to critique via the First Five Pages Workshop. I was nervous. I had no idea what changes I would need to make, or if I’d agree to those changes. This workshop was an eye-opener, and it made me write with more purpose. If you want to find a way to make those first few pages stand out, this workshop is a great way to get detailed and honest feedback.
I still have a long way to go before I even consider publishing, but right now, I’m focused on finishing this draft. This story has been on my mind for over a year, and I cannot imagine giving up now.
Until my next update, happy writing!