He showed me where my real story was, bypassing the dialogue I'd forced into the piece to create some external conflict. My real story was much more subtle. He also informed me that my narrator was not seventeen like I'd written her, but thirteen. These were all things I'd never thought twice about before, but now that I see them, I can't imagine them being any other way.
I'm learning to embrace change here, slicing paragraphs I worked so hard to craft and changing major plot points. But I know I--and my story--will be stronger because of it.
|Tom is awesome, but his handwriting is like Sanskrit. I need a decoder to translate it.|