As stated in September, my goal involved completing my third rewrite by March of 2019. I’m afraid this deadline could be too aggressive. I’ve rewritten several chapters and eliminated “telling”. This leaves more room for the reader’s own imagination. I’m satisfied with my effort, but I realize the next steps will require substantial improvements.

In her critique, my writing coach accurately stated that a majority of the action occurred in the second half of my novel. I need to engage the reader throughout. This will involve eliminating descriptive chapters and writing more action scenes. Simply stated: Reconstruction.

Implementing good writing techniques has become a greater challenge than I imagined. My coach has stimulated my thinking and I do have some ideas. Hopefully, future revisions will shift my thriller to a higher level of suspense and tension.

As 2018 winds down, I want to wish you a joyous holiday season and a healthy, happy New Year.

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