Major Revision/Rewrite of Inspirational Historical #3
Status: 68,000 words out of 100,000
Words added/rewritten this week: 4,000
I had a wonderful time working on my story this week. I deleted an entire chapter and rewrote it, and the result is far better than what I had written before.
Something clicked. I examined the old version of the chapter objectively and realized it lacked tension. Things were going too well for my hero and heroine, so I threw more obstacles in their path. They're not happy with me, but my readers will be.
When I began writing, I balked at the idea of causing my characters pain. When they suffered, I suffered. Now, I realize that in order to take them on their journeys of self-discovery and change, I must be tough on them. They'll be stronger for it and better suited to one another.
I'm looking forward to writing this coming week. I have plans to make life even more difficult for my poor characters and am eager to see how they react.
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Do you like adding tension to your stories?
Have you ever felt sorry for your characters when you're tough on them?
As a reader, do you want tension in every chapter, or do you like to see characters get a breather once in a while?