Monday, November 8, 2010
Pick and Choose Revision
It's impossible to please everybody with a single book. The first time I met somebody who didn't absolutely adore Twilight, I was slightly in shock.
Me: *gasp* You didn't feel the passion in her writing?
Them: Meh. It was sloppy.
Same thing with Hunger Games, when I finally got the guts to read something everybody told me was really dark. I loved it, of course, and then met yet another person who said, "Meh."
It's easy for me to think, "What's wrong with you people? This is genius! Brilliant stuff!"
But people have different needs, different perspectives. That extends to literature as well as everything else in life.
That's why you should always take revision suggestions with a grain of salt, EVEN if they come from an agent. Of course, give them a little more weight if they come from your dream agent! Take a serious look at them. But don't lie down and take every single revision suggestion from all two dozen of your beta readers.
Why? Because you'll go insane. They won't even agree with each other half the time. What one person thinks is truly poetic, another will think is "trying too hard." What one person thinks is stunning characterization, another will label cliche or "bad original."
In the end, you've got to go with your gut. Feedback is priceless. But the revisions will all be yours. Make sure you own them before you implement them, or you'll end up with a book even you don't want to read.
Don't forget to enter my 100 followers contest for a chance to have your whole Nano novel beta read by yours truly. :)
And don't miss author Roni Loren talking about What Makes Romance Awesome on the Operation Awesome blog.