I am revising a novel I completed. It deals with the non-relationship between father and son. Writers have commented that it’s a great story with splendid laid out dialogue, but (here it comes) it still needs:
-more emotional conflict in order for readers to turn the page
-the son to have more drive
Not only that, but the father is too passive and (worst), family drama is not what sells.
I can go on with what they said, but it would be too extensive.
My concern is whether I should adhere to these suggestions or keep writing my way? I don’t want to write about a stereotypical teenager or absent father who can’t relate to each other. I want to write a story that entertains. I want to write the story I started with. Is that possible?
Yes, it is.
The more feedback I receive from other writers and friends, the more the story grows.
The story grows into this massive challenge to get the right words down. The more they tell me, the more I want to keep the reader engaged.
Isn't that what we all want? Readers who ask questions, get interested about the story. Better yet, loving every minute of the words you put down.
It also forces me as a writer to dive into my novel. To pluck out everything that’s slowing the action down and affix moments that will cradle it. So, if you find yourself with a challenge like this, know that it comes with the territory. The more you write, the better you get. The old adage: Practice! Practice! Practice! Still holds true.
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