I am writing a novel that was to be done in three parts, through three different eras, from the perspective of three different woman.
Over the last few months, I have thought about scrapping two of the eras, but I always told myself – no!
A few weeks ago, the first 70 pages of this novel were read by an agent, (she said it will be terrific. Yay!). She made the suggestion that I scrap two of the eras (none of that part is yet written). She thought it would be overwhelming for the reader. At first, I did not take kindly to this suggestion, but then I noticed myself thinking about it more and more.
Do any of you become attached to your characters? I am sure you do. Well, the thought of becoming these three different women when writing (there is one central figure who dominates throughout) which meant forming a gigantic bond with four main characters, left me quaking. I had never thought about it this way before.
I made the decision to stick with only one era (besides, I certainly can not go about ignoring the feedback of an established lit agent, can I? ) , and suddenly my novel become so much more enjoyable to write. I had not realized how much of a restraint I had placed on myself, due to word count, and plot structure.
I am free!!!