I'm talking about Draped in Deception, a YA Fantasy that has been in my life for almost two years. It's changed so much since the very moment I typed the first page--you probably couldn't even tell it's the same story anymore.
I've been with this story through ups and downs, bursts of inspiration, and teeth grinding frustration. The characters have haunted me everywhere; prodded me with words that have to be told.
I was happy with it, for awhile. But after some feedback on the second draft and a whole lot of musing, I realized something in the ending was just...off.
Not just the ending; the entire last third.
It came to me yesterday why this offness was creeping into the manuscript. It's simple: I wasn't being honest with my story, or my characters.
The ending was what I wanted, not what it would be realistically. The characters were putting what they most valued aside to pursue this one foolish moment, for no other reason than because I desperately wanted to write the scene.
That's not fair.
|Collage of Draped in Deception|
This isn't to say that you shouldn't care about your writing and excuse it with, "it's not mine." If you want to write the best story it can be, be honest. Listen to what the characters would really do or say. Don't throw in scenes because it pleases your writer self to show off your newly acquired fancy description skills.
When I started to think about how my story would really play out, and was honest with it, it revealed depths I'd never have seen otherwise.
Do you struggle with editing? Are you always honest with your story or do you sometimes forget to be? Wherever you are on your writing journey, good luck! <3