I can’t say enough about working with an agent. I had numerous people reading Dark Dimensions when it first came out and everyone, including me – especially me – passed right over a hole in the first chapter!
How we missed this I don’t know.
I do know that Dark Dimensions is going to be a heap better than what it is now. And I think I have finally figured out my writing style.
I still go with pantsing (writing by the seat of my pants) because that’s what I love doing.
From now on, though, each second draft will get a plan completed and I’ll drill into the characters that have poked their heads out in the first draft.
Another thing I have learnt is that, much as I hate the idea, a character “sheet” is a must for the drafts that are planned. One of the exercises I did was to write the prologue and chapter one after I’d written the character sheets and to keep those sheets in mind when writing the scenes. That made it a lot more real in my mind, so the task now is to get that reality into the book.
What an indepth journey this has been. But it means the book will be a lot better once it’s done.