Polishing the Rough Draft of My YA Novel, Sissy

On Friday, I had a good conversation with my agent Michelle Andelman about my rough draft of my YA novel, Sissy.  I had finished the rewrites and had written an ending.  But as most writers know, that doesn’t mean it’s over quite yet.  Michelle was right to point out that the ending needed more “ugly things to happen to my characters.”  It’s true.  I wrote a completely happy ending.  And truthfully, being a teenager in love with the wrong guy usually doesn’t have a happy ending.  Michelle always gives me her honest opinion and most of the time she’s right.  I have to disappoint my characters and let them mess up.  

I’m spending November and December in Rewrite Land, working on the end, the beginning and everything in between.  My hope is to finish a nice polished version by mid-January for Michelle’s feedback.

Here’s to rewriting!


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