So... I have a 34 thousand word rough draft of a book i want to publish sometime... but there are many loopholes and barely any character development. Should I rewrite it? If so, how?

August 9, 2017 at 1:36pm

Leave comments! They help out too lol (my goal was 50k words lol shoot)

  • Yes! Focus on character development.
  • Yes! Focus on romance!
  • Yes! Focus on the plot/background!
  • No! Show it to a friend you trust and get their feedback first.
  • No! Who needs to rewrite stuff?? It's perfect!

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August 14, 2017 at 5:02pm
We can't possibly offer this kind of feedback without reading it first. We could tell you to fix plotholes where none exist, causing you to deliver more exposition than necessary. We could tell you to improve a perfectly good romance involving fleshed out characters, and you could end up changing something for the worse. As much as I want to help, I have to reserve any judgement unless I were able to read it.
August 16, 2017 at 1:40pm
ye i understand
August 10, 2017 at 12:38pm
I agree with Zebora that character development comes before romance, and yeah pillow's right that plot holes n e e d to be hashed out.

I don't think there's anything wrong in asking friends for feedback. In my view, my friends are more qualified to understand the vision I want to bring to each piece of my work than some stranger, and can help me work towards it. something I've learned from sparkleaf is clarifying first for what level of criticism the writer is looking for - but I think good criticism comes in several layers and steps anyway, so there's certainly things that will come to light after several rounds of review and etc.

I think if you're going to be asking a friend to review a piece of writing, you're going to be asking someone with some experience in writing/editing themselves - so they should have the sense to not sugar coat to a reasonable extent, as they themselves would understand that you need to "take a bullet" as zebora says.

just my two cents as someone who loves to edit for others!
August 10, 2017 at 1:27pm
ayyy okay thanks for the tips twigsters!
August 10, 2017 at 5:26pm
ofc !!
August 10, 2017 at 5:50am
as a reader the thing that tends to annoy me more than anything when it come to poor writing, is plot holes
August 10, 2017 at 1:20pm
oki oki oki
August 10, 2017 at 4:38am
If you want to get feedback you shouldn't ask a friend because they'll sugar coat it for you. I think there are websites where you can upload work to get criticism, or just upload it to the Writer's Guild here. If you aren't prepared to take a bullet to improve your work, you aren't prepared to improve your work at all.

Also, I'm not sure how you would focus on romance without character development.
August 10, 2017 at 1:39pm
i get shot by bullets all the time in discord servers about my crappy art lol its all in good effort

and by friend i really meant someone like sparks or someone experienced becauseihavenofriends

uploading to other websites can be dangerous because they can steal your work especially since im not copyrighted. And that costs like... a fee or something. Even if I was copyrighted it'd be a huge hassle to take someone to court over plagiarism or something?

So yeah. That.To me romance between characters is like what one character loves about the other? Or something idk im too blunt to explain in full detail. Character development seems to go into more background than the actual personality of the character. There are different factors in stories that can contradict that though.