Another blog post? Yeah. Because I’ve made some MAJOR tweaks to chapter 2.6.
Reader feedback is critical to my process. Usually it’s small things, like clarifying a point or fixing a typo… but sometimes it’s huge. And one of the major twists of 2.6 just left readers feeling flat. I can’t have that, not at all. So, I’ve made the following changes. From the top:
- April 23
- As multiple readers reacted strongly to a certain twist in the story, I’ve decided to reenforce it. There were hints in 2.1 and 2.3 of what would come, but perhaps they weren’t enough. So, I’ve revised a little bit of 2.1, to better hint at what was coming with Verity’s jacket.
- Also, I’ve added one extra scene before this chapter, just below. It brings back the idea from 2.1 and 2.3 that Verity’s jacket is more than meets the eye.
- Briefly expanded a little internal chat, to emphasize that they schemed this together.
- Lastly, I’ve changed the tone of the twist point, so it’s not a surprise to Spark. I think the problem was I built up this expectation of doom and despair when really, they had the situation in hand. So, I changed the dialogue, and added a quick note that this was planned.
It may in fact be overkill; I may need to dial this back some. When someone says “I don’t get it” I tend to err on the side of overexplaining. But, let’s see how it works. Let me know what you think, and thank you.