Saturday, September 27, 2008

Change Happens!

Every author has experienced it. You’re happily galloping down the trail of your latest manuscript, and then have a revelation somewhere along the way.

What if?

What if a minor character wasn’t so minor? What if my hero and heroine didn’t get along as well as they do? What if I added a whole sequence of scenes where the hero actually meets the villain unknowingly?

So, what do you do in these cases? Make the change immediately and see what happens? Jot down some notes and think about them later after you’ve finished the first draft completely? Toss the idea aside as useless gibberish meant to distract you from reaching the finish line?

A fact of life is that change happens. This is no different for writing. Whether you choose to think through the change right at that moment or wait for later, the fact of the matter is when it comes to ideas, every single one is valuable. Once you begin tossing out ideas, your brain is going to become hard-wired to reject them before they even make it into the judgment hall. And one of those ideas you come up with may just be the change which propels your manuscript to the top of the slush heap. Would you really want to take the chance on throwing THAT away?

So, the next time you get an idea for how to change your manuscript, remember to take it very seriously. Whether you consider it then or jot it down for later, every change has the ultimate potential to make your manuscript the diamond in the rough agents and publishers are looking for.


T. M. Hunter (posting under his ever-popular Aston West moniker) is the author of Heroes Die Young, the latest science-fiction (space opera) sensation from Champagne Books. His Aston West short stories have been featured in the e-mag Ray Gun Revival with his short story "Little White Truths" a top ten finisher in the 2007 Preditors and Editors Readers' Poll. He (and Aston) can often be found over at