Here we are, back at my favourite topic again!
Yes, I'm one of those twisted individuals who actually likes being told what to fix. In particular this time I really agreed with my editor and have come up with all sorts of ways to fix problems. Another thing I love about her...she tells me what's wrong, might offer a suggestion, but then just says "go to it"....and encourages me to do it my way.
Last night she suggested I insert the daughter into a scene I hadn't previously. I know why I didn't the first time, in short romance you really need to limit the secondary characters. But by bringing the daughter back, putting her in the scene, everything came to life. I actually cried - and I hadn't cried during the entire writing of the book.
I also wasn't happy with the ending...she suggested it was contrived and that didn't offend me at all because I remember writing it and thinking I somehow had to wind things up but it didn't quite feel right. Now we have a plan for a new ending...getting to the proper HEA that I think will be so much better.
It really is about taking the story and raising it to a higher level. It's not about me, even though it's hard to separate sometimes because you feel you ought to have handed in a more perfect story. But this is her job...to take my voice and my story and make it better than I thought possible.
And I'm ALWAYS amazed and happy once I've finished revisions and handed them in.
But for now I'm off to cook dinner and have a shower, after putting in a rather hectic day which included raspberry picking and making jam. :-)