The Things that Still Aren’t on the Page

Author and writing teacher Darcy Pattison has observed that writers have two stories when they finish a manuscript: the one on the page and the one in their heads.  The challenge is bringing the two into alignment.  (That’s not quite a quote, but it’s really close.) 

Today, that was brought home to me again as one of my local groups today critiqued Calyn’s story. As different points came up, I would sometimes find myself saying, “I know that this must not have come through on the page, but this is what I was trying to do.”  And these thoughtful people helped me see where and how I could slip in expansions and clarifications.  I feel tremendously blessed to have had the help of this group and others.  And I’ll be relying on some other readers/writers to check out the latest upgrade soon.

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