Chapter 5, Unexpected consequences, and commentary

Chapter 5 is up, for those of you reading along.

I’m having an interesting problem with this particular novel. Normally, I ask my readers not to comment on the quality of the writing because I’m posting raw draft and folks are pretty good about respecting that. There’s usually one person that I have to remind, once, and then it doesn’t happen again.

With this particular novel, I’m getting a higher percentage of comments about the writing quality than usual, even with warnings, and I think it’s because the writing is uneven. Some of these scenes are coming out of a published story, after all, and some are totally raw.  Of course readers are getting whiplash from the two writing styles.  But… I need them to not comment on it.

When I get comments on the writing quality, especially things like, “this scene isn’t as tight” or “this sentence was awkward” or “you use this word a lot” it makes me self-conscious. I slow down and start obsessing over stuff that I shouldn’t be thinking about at this stage. Right now I just need to be getting the broad shape of the story down.

It’s an unexpected side effect of the expanding an existing work.

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