I received the initial response back from the consulting service. I’m trying to take it all in. And reminding myself to breathe. This isn’t an edit, it’s an overall diagnosis of the story, the structure, the flow.
I agree with many of her recommendations. Especially around clarity.
I disagree strongly with one, and it’s a huge one. The structure changes she’s proposed, at a high level, seem contradictory to what I want from this story. It would change the entire premise of what this is all about. Which means I haven’t made the purpose of the story very clear. It means I have a lot more work to do. And that’s okay. It’ll keep me busy for a long while, at least.
I’m hoping I have a chance to talk this over with her next week, to see if I can at least explain what I’m trying to do. And then see if we can work together towards that goal. I may need a second opinion from someone else. I may need to look for someone new. Regardless of the outcome, her feedback has been invaluable.
Overall it’s been a positive experience and it’s making me think and reevaluate the story as a whole. That’s always a good thing.