When revision letters arrive

Dear Primary Character Who Really is Shaping Up Nicely,

Do you think can you find something else to do for a while? Maybe go for a run? You like to run, don’t you? We established that back in chapter one.

No, no, it’s not you! It’s just–there’s something I have to do. I’ll be back soon as I can, I promise.



P.S. If you could keep an eye on the others, I’d really appreciate it. I’m sure they won’t be any trouble.


Dear Other Primary Character Who I Haven’t Talked to In Some Time,

You thought I was through with you, didn’t you?

Put the knife away, please. There’s no need to resort to violence, and besides, it would only take me a few keystrokes to change you from protagonist-who-always-carries-a-knife to protagonist-who-never-carries-a-knife. Trust me, you wouldn’t want that.

You’re going to need that knife.

There. Much better. Now then, we have some work to do.




Dear Words I Loved Once,

Goodbye, goodbye! You were good words, you got me this far, but it’s just not right anymore. These things happen. Try to understand.

If you see any new words on your way out the door, could you please send them my way?



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