Okay so maybe it’s not really that quick. If you’ve read my first post, then you would already know this, but if you haven’t, then here goes: The Heartbroken Heartbreaker (insert me cringing at the incredibly stupid title my younger self came up with) will (hopefully) be published by Pop Fiction next year. (If I don’t manage to mess the deal up, of course. Hahaha.)
I first started writing THH as an experiment. I never really expected I would ever finish it because I was never serious about writing it at first. It was only two years after I first published the first chapter did I actually realize that a lot of people were reading it (I don’t even know how you guys haven’t plucked your eyes out yet) and decided to finish writing it.
Still, I was only writing it for the sake of getting it done for the readers. I felt like I owed you (and yes, I really do owe you) at least a decent ending.
Case in point, though, this is an opportunity I never really thought would ever come my way, so I am incredibly excited and scared at the same time.
I have constantly told everyone that I, to be perfectly honest, think THH sucks. Or, at the very least, it doesn’t deserve even half the recognition it had gotten so far. I’ve been given six months to pass the manuscript and even though I could pass it as it is now, I refuse to do so—not until I edit it.
I’m not even talking about that surface editing on typos and grammar errors; I’m planning on rewriting at least the first half of it and heavily revising a lot of the scenes. The general story will remain the same—I don’t intend to change the story’s essence in any way—but I will work on refining the language and making the scenes more realistic. At the moment, it all seems pretty childish to me.
Even now, I already know that some of you might try to talk me out of revising the story, but I stand by what I think I should do to make it better. It’s not even a matter of satisfying the readers, at this point, but more about giving myself the satisfaction of the knowledge that I did my best to make it worthy of getting published.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP ME
Okay. So here’s the thing: I know I said I’m editing it more for myself than the readers, but that doesn’t mean I value your opinions less. I hate editing. I absolutely, definitely, completely fucking hate it. Still, I can’t bring myself to send in this half-assed manuscript of THH that I have. I am opening myself to your suggestions.
If anything, I hope you can comment below and tell me:
- Which parts of the story do you think should I keep as they are?
- Which parts of the story do you think should I remove completely?
- Which parts of the story do you think should I keep and edit?
- What do you think are the three major flaws of the story in terms of plot?
- What do you think are the three major flaws of the story in terms of its writing?
I know you guys probably don’t have time to actually answer these, but insert me giving you the puppy-dog eyes here because I really do genuinely want to know how you guys would edit THH if you were given the chance to do so. 🙂
(Perhaps the one who gives me the most constructive answers will have the chance to win a signed copy of the book? HAHAHAHAHAHA then again, though that’s still soooooooo far off the future, but still.)