I discovered once again that I don't just love the research stage and the writing process; I love the editing process. What's the next step? I've made a list of ten more publishers to query. I feel confident knowing that this time I can mail them a stronger version of I'm Just Daisy.
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Chapter by Chapter
I've spent the last three weeks editing my chapter book I'm Just Daisy. A kind editor from B.C. critiqued my manuscript for free and offered me some constructive criticism. His two main points were: your prose is too flat and you need to engage your characters more. So, chapter by chapter, I've gone through my manuscript, trying to follow his advice. I cut the final chapter which seemed unnecessary. I added a chapter "The Tea Party" to give the book a bit of humour. I lengthened several scenes, adding dialogue to bring them to life. I added details to every scene to make the story less generic. I've given the main character Daisy a stronger point of reference. Wherever possible, I've tried to re-work important items into the book in later chapters: Daisy's famous butter tarts, a yellow-throated bird that lives in the Muskokas, the confetti that lands in Daisy's hat on her voyage to Canada. The editing process gave me a chance to do further research on the era. I worked in a paragraph about the history of the Model T, Charlie's first automobile.