If you’ve been following my writing progress, you’ll know that I’ve been re-outlining my story, and refining my protagonist’s character arc. A couple weeks ago, I turned in the character arc to my book coach.

I quickly got feedback. Now I’m officially on my own again, ready to dig into revision. But first I want to talk about my book coach. She showed me where I was doing things well, and asked questions about the things that weren’t working. She shifted my focus to exactly what I needed to work on.

If you’re curious about what I’ll be changing, here’s a rundown. 

  • 21 new scenes
  • 22 scenes gone (much of this material will be used to build new scenes)
  • 2 big characters gone, 1 minor character turned into a major character
  • 1 completely new ending

It sounds like a lot, and it is, but I’m not starting from scratch. And it’s so exciting to look at scenes where I was lost and didn’t know the point, and now know exactly how all of it fits into the story.

Thanks, Jennie1! Because of you I’m forging ahead with confidence, eager to tackle my manuscript.


1Jennie Nash is a book coach and the founder of Author Accelerator, which trains and certifies book coaches as well as matching them with writers.

My work with Jennie Nash is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org).

MSAC support has spurred the start of this blog; allowed me to pursue professional development to make my novel better; and made me feel validated by an organization I respect.

Thank you, MSAC!


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