The fourth chapter of Emma’s Story is now available – here. If you haven’t read the previous chapters, you can find them linked on the Stories page, or in the menu in the sidebar (click the three lines up to the right).
I sent the fourth chapter off to my beta reader on Wednesday already, and I got feedback on it shortly after (thanks D). I didn’t do any editing though. Instead, I started working on chapter 5, and I’m almost nearly quite done with it.
I’m trying to stick to a schedule of one chapter a week and while I’m ahead at the moment, I think Chapter 6 is going to put some strain on that. I also think that having a schedule, even if it’s quite relaxed, is helpful when it comes to productivity. It sets me a goal and it gets me working towards it.
So instead of doing anything about the feedback I got I waited and moved on. It’s not that the feedback wasn’t good, rather the opposite. D pointed out something I wouldn’t have noticed on my own, about how one of my two narrative styles is spilling over into the other. I could probably have spent the entire week pouring over the text and analysing it until I had letters coming out of my ears.
It would have been a wasted week though, and I’d have lost the lead I have on my deadline – so I waited and did it all last night.
I read over what I’d written. I made some changes. I think I addressed the main issues pointed out to me, and if I didn’t, I hope to hear about it. The chapter’s not perfect, and it won’t be, but it’s good enough to share, and I’m happy to move on to the next one. I don’t want to dawdle too long on it. I’ll probably do some minor tweaks in the next few days, and then I’ll leave it until the entire story is done and it’s time for the second draft.