I love what's happening with The Paladin right now. I'm in the middle of polishing up the first major fight in the manuscript, one that really sets the tone for the rest of the novel. I'm really happy with seeing what's happening with the edits. I'm cutting a lot of words, but I'm also rewording things and doing a little bit of rewriting (not much, that part is over!)
Now that I'm looking at the scene fresh, I'm seeing where it's weak, I'm seeing where there are awkward moments, and I'm making bold choices to make the whole thing so much better. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I'm not one to toot my own horn. I... honestly... hate self-aggrandizing. I've had trouble accepting praise or boasting about my own work. But what I'm seeing unfold in this draft, I absolutely love it! And, to top it off, I'm getting back initial feedback and the new version seems to be a hit!
So when I tell you all that I'm excited to show you what I've been working on, when I tell you that it's good, I mean it. It's really hard for me to step forward and act confident and say "hey, this really good," but that's my job now. And you know what? I actually believe it. I think The Paladin is shaping up to be a great novel and I really think you guys are going to love it.
On that note, I'm still accepting beta readers if anyone would like to take a look at the new versions of the first three chapters and compare them with the original. Feel free to hit me up on Twitter, Facebook, or down below in the comments.
With that, I'll bid you guys adieu so that I can get back to work!
Be Excellent To Each Other.
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