Reviving A Character: Thoughts Of A Writer Part 11

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Another installment in this series.

Submitted: August 20, 2017

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Ok, so I may have done something foolish.

Or not foolish at all.

I'm not sure.

I'm trying my hand at reviving a character.

Wait a minute!

Reviving a character? What does that mean?

My editor tells me that some of my standalone work is okay. Not my best, but it's passable.

Passable? What am I, a truck stop cook?

Oh how I want to prove him wrong. He doesn't have a lot of room to talk. Guy never talks about what specifically he wants.

But now he says it's time. More than ever, it would be nice to know what the gang is like.

So I sent a draft. Well, more of a sketch of what I'm working on. He says he would love to read anything I have.

TWO WEEKS LATER

He hates it! I can't believe it! He hates it. He really hates it.

His criticism is that the story is missing what made the main character great. A writers perspective on unique situations. What he read showed him that the perspective was lost and turned into something cheesy and cliched packed.

I told him that it was a sketch. It was a work in progress. What he said at the end of his message hurt a lot.

"It might be a work, but there is no way to make progress."

You know, I understand why some characters do ride off into the sunset. It's always best to remember the good times. If you bring them back superficially, it doesn't work at all.


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