Recently, I’ve joined up with the ‘Get Writing’ website hosted by the BBC. It’s a nifty little site and provides a number of opportunities for improvement: feedback, chiefly, as well as written resources on structure, characterization, and other elements of fiction.
One of these resources (on style) was produced by David Mitchell. In it, he concluded that the take home message for any writer is this: do anything that makes your prose work. Be dispassionate about the weaknesses of a particular story and then set about fixing them.
I gave Britta a copy of ‘Miss Tanner’s Old School’ to read – the new version, this is – and she pointed out a few ways in which it should be improved. Now, it is always a good sign when feedback corresponds with an inkling you already have about the piece. In this case, Britta reiterated what was on my mind. The end of the story didn’t quite fit. So, in keeping with David Mitchell’s advice, I’ll being returning to the story on the morrow with one aim: to do anything necessary to make it work.