Progress, and a terrific resource

I’m excited to say I’ve gotten great feedback from my beta readers on the new collection. I have some updates to do, some clarifications to make, and a few areas to smooth out a little more, but overall the feedback has been positive. Yay!

alarm-clock-590383_1280My goal is to get the updates and changes made and get this collection published by the end of the month. That gives me five days, including today.

Yikes!

I better get on this thing if I want to make that deadline.

The good news is that they’re flash fiction stories, not novellas or even novelettes. Hopefully it won’t take horribly long to fix what’s still broken.

Watch this space to know when the final version is ready and being published.

In other news, I’ve been reading through a newly published book on the art of editing… written by a publishing industry professional of many years. He understands story structure in a way that most people don’t…. Even most writers.

I hate to say it… I know when a story is good or bad. When it’s working or not working. But often I don’t really know why. I used to write it off to “I know what I like.” And to an extent that’s valid. But what we like tends to be repeatable. It has a structure. A framework. Learn to understand the framework, and you’ll be better at building stories that people will love.

The name of the book is The Story Grid. And when I finish reading it, I will probably write a complete review of it (something I want to do more of anyway). But for now, I just want to say that if you’re a writer, editor, story nerd, or anyone else who has a desire to understand really functional story structure, I highly recommend picking up a copy.

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