Mar 29 2012

Contradictory Advice

Posted by Mathias in The Writing Process

I have been going through some of the feedback I have been getting on my novel project Under the Darkened Moon. It is funny how so much of what some say about it contradicts what others had to offer up.

One reviewer of the last draft, a published author, said there was not enough action and that the story would not peak a publisher’s interest due to this. Yet another reviewer, also a published author, disagreed and told me that there was precisely nothing wrong with the amount of high action in the story.

One reviewer griped that names, particularly Elven names, were too hard to pronounce. Another reviewer loved the way that I made the Elven naming system work and commented at length about that.

Basically, however, anyone who thought something was wrong insisted that what they saw as being wrong would be a hinderance to the book getting published. However everything that someone thought was wrong and bad with the story was liked by someone else.

I have essentially come to the conclusion that I am not going to fret over this sort of stuff. I am going to focus more on tidying up the story and fixing serious problems that still remain, like the few chapters that it seemed everyone, or nearly everyone, insisted were in need of more work in general. I simply cannot please everyone and the fact that something that one person found bad, another found ok or even “wondrous” will only result in me chasing my tail if I were to try and tweak said things.

Tastes vary.

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