I mentioned the other day I got some feedback on my story. I sent my friend a bunch of questions and got some answers back. Overall, it’s very encouraging. Some of the feedback I received from another source did not seem to be an issue at all to this reader, while I think I have a pretty good grip on the other things they mentioned.
What was really interesting was their answer to the question about their favourite bit – it took me completely by surprise. I know what bits I like, and I know where I’ve put in a lot of effort, and it wasn’t any of those bits at all.
Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised.
Instead, they’d picked a short section near the end, which I hadn’t really paid any mind to at all. It’s an exchange between Emma and Holm and it sort of just drifted along with everything else that was going on at the time. I didn’t pay any special mind to it, and I didn’t think too much of it. It was just part of what the characters are. Only, apparently it worked out really well and my friend really enjoyed it.
I guess that’s serendipity (first time ever I use that word afaik). It also matches one of my philosophies of art, and life in general:
Sometimes, things just work out.
I’m sure it’s happened to you too. Sometimes you do something, without really trying, and without really meaning to, and it turns out to be awesome. Other times, it’s not even that good, but someone just randomly loves it anyway.
Life is strange like that.