As my working relationship with my agent comes to an end I find myself inspired to completely re-write my novel that just spent close to a year on editor submission. The theme of the story is fading out of popularity and much of the feedback I received from editors said they would have bought it if it wasn't about that theme. I received a lot of really positive comments saying how much they loved the writing and enjoyed the story.
Before I decided on this massive re-write I had to look deep into the heart of my story to make sure I didn't compromise it or give it up. I'm a firm believer that you should never edit the heart out of your story, especially not for the sake of a sale. So I took a close, honest look at it and admitted to myself what it was really about and what mattered to the characters and story. What I came up with was eye-opening and inspiring.
The rewrite will be completely different and yet very similar in many ways. The main theme will change but the underlying ones, the heart that keeps the novel alive, will not. In fact, it's going to be better. My characters will be more fully developed, the main plot will be deeper and have more meaning, as will the subplots and supporting characters. I'm so excited that I'm already about a third of the way through the re-write!
Looking for more advice on revision? Check out this guest post by YA author Kristina McBride on Chuck Sambuchino's blog.