Wednesday, December 7, 2011
RTW: How far would you go?
Road Trip Wednesday is a blog carnival where YA Highway's readers post answers to weekly questions.
This week's question: How far would you go to get published?
The question was broken into four sections. Would you...
1. ...jump onto a trend train? (yes)
2. ...switch to a well-selling genre? (yes)
3. ...do minor revisions to sign with an agent (hell, yes)
4. ...do major revision requested by an editor (absolutely)
None of these situations seems very far our there for me. I'm fairly fluid about my writing, as in I am willing to change anything about a story in order to make it better. I've written in a variety of genres before and would happily try on a new one.
As for trends, if an agent or editor asked me to write about a particular topic, I'd give it a try.
So the real questions is--what if I am uncomfortable with a suggested change?
The answer to that depends on another question: is the change about the text or about the critiquer?
For example, if the critiquer suggests changing a character's sexual orientation--why? Is it about the text--for example a distracting subplot? Or is it about the critiquer--the reader is uncomfortable with the specific sexual orientation?
If the change is about the text, I am very open to making changes. If it is about the critiquer, I am more reluctant.
In the end, it is all a balancing act--how significant the details are to the core of the story and how much the writer trusts the critiquer. It is a question that can be answered only when there are specifics.
I will say that I've become much more open to changes, even those that I'm sure about, as my writing journey has continued. Perhaps because it is easier for me to distance myself from a novel now--to see it as a piece of text rather than an extension of myself. Is this growth? Does it make me less passionate about my writing? I don't know.
How far would you go to get published? Has what you are willing to do changed over your writing journey?
Posted by pink at 8:59 AM