Sorry about not posting on Thursday. I’m in the middle of moving and the day sort of snuck past me. I mentioned a while back, before I went to Europe, that it would be a hectic few weeks even after I got back. Give it a couple more weeks, once I’m all settled into my new house and whatnot, and things should be back to their normal, smooth, twice a week posting.
Everyone has sent their notes on DSII back to me over the past few days. I’m not sure if I had them all last week or not... but I do now. For the most part, as I think I said in my last post, the general notes are all in the same couple categories. For the most part, these were the points in the story that I had thought were weak since the very beginning. They’ve gone through a few different iterations, and have gotten better. But now with a more perspectives coming in, I think I’ve actually figured out how to make the parts that are having troubles up to par with the rest of the story. It’s hard to explain exactly what the problem places are to people that have not read the book. It would give away just a bit too much of the story and not make all that much sense if I tried to talk about it in detail. In a nutshell, however, it’s that some sections don’t really pop in the way that they should. They’re not important to the book, and if they were removed, the main plotline wouldn’t be affected all that much. I’ve found a much better way to keep these sections relevant to the core story. It should be good stuff, and hopefully won’t take a million years to implement.
There were a few other notes regarding tone/ narration in a few places, and grammar (which I had not really fixed). Those points, while consistent in the notes I was given, are pretty surface issues. There will be not big rewrites, mostly just tightening up word choice/ sentence structure throughout the book. It will take some time, obviously, as the book is fairly long, but it shouldn’t be too hard as long as I can just sit down and finish grinding through it.