Mondays have become my catch-up days. Mostly I catch up on sleep, but I try to be productive with other things too. I began a new job last month, and I'm currently working weekend nights, 12 hour shifts. This means I'm about worthless on weekends! But I accomplish so much during the week, the new job is worth it.
Anyway, I thought I'd share with you all a response I received from a good writing friend of mine. He read SHARDS OF GLASS and gave me some good and not so good news. Isn't that the way it goes sometimes? Hey, truth hurts, but we need to hear it. And I'm glad he gave me an honest critique.
So here's the good news. The emotional element is strong. Evoking a reader's emotions can be difficult, but that connection is what bonds the reader with the character. Mission accomplished!
Here's the bad news. My ending doesn't work.
Now here's the thing. Critiques should be reviewed and thoughtfully considered. However, the writer is the one to make the final decision. Therefore, I could totally ignore the critique because I love my ending. I absolutely love it; it makes my romantic heart melt. But since I respect my writing friend, and since I recently had another critique say the same thing, I've given it a lot of thought. And I'm afraid they are right. The ending is almost too good to be true.
Thankfully, there is a silver lining that makes this more bearable. I can revise the ending to make it more realistic, and the final outcome (for the characters) will eventually be the same. That outcome just won't be shown in SHARDS.
So that's my news for today. Now please excuse me while I catch up on other things....