Ack! Sorry I missed the discussion, especially after I suggested the book! I logged on the morning of April 1 before the discussion started and then forgot to come back until now.
I have really enjoyed hearing your insights. Is it too late to continue the discussion? I’ll just add one quick point. The reason I suggested the book, why I was interested to hear developmental editors take on the book, is that I found the writing to be amazing, each sentence beautifully crafted, but the story, especially the ending, to be very…what in the worlds is happening and why should I care?
I guess I read too much sci-fi – every time I see AU I think alternate universe, and there’s a moment of confusion (and sometimes excitement) before I realize AU just means author.
I completely understand what you are saying, but if I’m not careful, I end up spending all my time thinking and never get any words on the page. I need deadlines. Maybe not word counts so much as chapters, or sections, or ideas that need to be on the page by a certain day (lest I forget them before they are ever written).
This is a great idea! I will have to get started on my own grimoire (love that word)! Thanks!