Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Dad, Super Editor

Last night, my dad called with his edits on my revision. This is the first of my big things my dad has ever read. And I'll tell you what: he was incredible!

"I liked it so much, I was sad when it ended," he told me. "Your wrote stuff down and I'm seeing it in my head. It's amazing!"

There was lots of love for Drain. And there were some good tips, too, especially about car stuff like fuel lights, back seats, and putting it in Drive.

He caught a big problem with some characters' names: Willy Ray, Wade, and Billy Wade. Yes, I really had them exactly like that. Duh.

Halfway through the story, my dad had emailed me this: "I really like Kat so nothing bad better happen to her!"

There were tips on character, on preserving mystery, on word choice. My smart Poppa also brought up probability stuff and likeliness.

It was so great, having a 63 year-old man's insight into a literary YA novel. I loved working with my dad on this.


Shannon O'Donnell said...

You are so lucky. There is no way I would let my dad see anything I've written. He is way too critical and negative. How wonderful that he was able to point out things - like the names! Too funny. :-)

anjie said...

Yes! Now hand your other novel off to him and get started up with that one again. :)

Anonymous said...

How wonderful to get feedback from your father! :)

Angela Felsted said...

That's so great to have that kind of relationship with your dad.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

That's great that he wants to be a part of your writing. :)