Other Eyes

The Mousetrap Killer is officially in the hands (or on the screens) of beta readers. My baby is out in the world. This marks the first time the book will be in front of eyes that are not set inside my skull. I am equal parts nervous and anxious to receive feedback. It will help make the book the best it can be, and I’m prepared to handle criticism—I just hope they like the overall story.

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Consistency

I’ve fallen a little behind schedule. A few challenging chapters coupled with a busy week set me back a bit. Time is limited, so it was bound to happen—such is life. And the chapters in question highlighted one of my most significant concerns heading into this—the lack of consistency. But with help from a book I picked up this week, I’ve learned a few tips on how to identify my trouble spots. And most importantly, how to fix them.

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Seven Down

That was fast. Seven days of editing zipped by. In that time, seven chapters have been bloodied (with a red pen), tweaked, reorganized, and rewritten while working late-ish at night, during lunch breaks, and over some parsed-out time on the weekend. I shall treat myself to donuts. Or ice cream.
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