Thursday, December 2, 2010

Change is good

Fear is the number one reason that writers don't succeed. The best way to tackle the enemy of fear is to change but this can be hard because many of us don't like to change. We're comfortable the way we are. This applies to our writing and our lives.

The past few months I've been playing around with the idea of changing the POV in my YA fantasy. For anyone who has done this to a completed manuscript you realize how hard this is. So of course I didn't want to do it. I am doing it though and after re-writing the first few chapters I can easily see how much richer and epic the story is becoming. This is a good change. Not an easy one but hopefully one that will pay off in the end and bring a better story to the popular YA genre.

So it's not easy to change but it can be for the best. Has anyone else made a major change in a completed manuscript? Share your story below and please share advice!


  1. Well, you know I have! I changed from 3rd to 1st person after a round of submissions. My agent suggested it and it took longer to convert it than writing it did in the first place. Worth it, though. it sold within two weeks on the next round out.

    Hang in there.

  2. I hope that I'm able to say the same!