Every so often, you get to that point where you aren't sure what to do.
Well, I am SO there.
I have a finished MS that I love. The characters are a bit confusing because of the situation they are in. I know this and am ready to fix the issues.
I don't want to totally change the MS because I like it. Does that mean it doesn't have room for improvement? Quite the opposite. If the story will get better, then I'm all for a change.
I have some very much trusted colleagues and friends who argue I should take the thing elsewhere. Others in this group think I should forge ahead with the changes and try again. Both sides are valid suggestions and both sides mean well.
Still, where is the line? Where is the point where you keep what you have and take your chances or you change to the point of losing your voice? I am the first to say the story needs some changes. I am also the first to say I don't know everything there is to know about writing. I'm not sure I'm ready to rewrite the blasted thing just to make someone else happy and I'm not totally sure I want to leave it if it can't be enjoyed by others.
Now I know that sounds sort of fork tongued. In a sense, it is. I want my story to keep its integrity, but I want it to see the light of publication.
What do I want to do?
Ugh. I'm not sure.
I think I'll think on it and try for an answer by the end of the week.
What do you think? I'd love your input.