The other day in a post, I mentioned a critique I received for Broken Life, the third book in my ‘Lives’ series.
I had been reading an article about Cathleen Townsend and how thorough a job she had done on a certain book. The writer swore it had made the difference between it being a good book and a great one. After a conversation between writer, the Cathleen, and me, she offered to analyze the opening chapters of one of my books.
It just so happened that Broken Life hadn’t been beta read… a huge oversight on my part and something I do usually do, so I leapt at the chance.
I wasn’t prepared for the result, however. Huge chunks of the text had been scored through, and the general indication was bad. My heart sank into my boots, and I slunk away, very ashamed of myself.
I spent two whole days thinking I was a crap writer, trying desperately to find a reason not to rip all my books into pieces.
Then something happened. I don’t know what made me read the critique again, and this time I could see what Cathleen wanted me to see. So I deleted the offending text and read it again. It was more dramatic, the content tighter, better befitting a crime thriller. Cathleen also suggested that an ‘action prologue’ a dramatic passage at the beginning of the book, either as a prologue or new chapter one, would give the reader an idea of the quality of the story.
I had never written one of these before, although I had read other peoples, and they do lend an extra element.
Broken Life has been updated and republished now, and this post is my way of thanking Cathleen Townsend for her valuable advice…