My Christmas short story is coming along and this morning I got feedback from my very first beta reader!!! He had lots of useful and insightful comments and I’m so glad that I dared publish that post on Goodreads, asking for help. The story will be so much better for it.
I’m waiting for some more feedback before I do a serious last edit and publish the finished version here on the blog. Some guy in Romania, I think, is working on a cover for me. It should be a massive improvement of the one I slapped together myself for Wattpad.
The first draft of the story is published on Wattpad, but no reads yet. I’ve got a feeling that it is an “I’ll read yours if you read mine”-system, and I’ll never find the time to read enough stories to get the feedback I need from that platform. I also think it’s difficult to find the good stuff. I’m sure it’s there, but it’s buried in a lot of very emotional stuff that I need to avoid because Triggers! So Wattpad might be a temporary thing for me.
I’m struggling with the timeline for my Copenhagen romance. It needs some big adjustments, if I am to take reality into consideration (perhaps I shouldn’t?). I mean, who cares how long it takes to get something messengered from New York to Rømø? Who cares if FedEx delivers on a Sunday?
Perhaps it’s just me, but I’m reading a book right now where the author has not done any research at all, besides watching way too many episodes of CSI:Wherever and where things just appear and disappear as they are needed or in the way. There’s a magic briefcase that materializes whenever the MC needs to prove something, just Poof! and there’s the briefcase and in it is a piece of paper that proves exactly that which has been questioned. He should quit law enforcement and do a show in Las Vegas instead.
It’s so cool to be a writer, because there’s no limit to what one can create with just a small number of letters in an infinite number of combinations. If you want to make a movie you have a special effects budget you need to stick to, but on a book page you can blow up anything and cast as many extras in your battle scenes as you can fit on a planet, or several planets for that matter. But with that freedom comes a responsibility: You need to stick to the rules for the universe that you’ve created. And if I write a book that takes place in this world, then I need to abide by the rules that say that FedEx doesn’t deliver on Sundays. Banks aren’t open on weekends. There is a time difference between Copenhagen and New York, even if that means that I need to re-write a part of my story.
I’ve disassembled some scenes and identified gaps where I need to insert new scenes to stretch the timeline so that the week once more has seven days. Thank goodness for Scrivener! This would have been impossible in Word or any regular word processor. The finish line might have been moved quite a bit further ahead, but I still believe I’ll get there in the end.