One of the things I love/hate about writing is the flashes of inspiration that come when you're trying to figure out a particular portion of your story that's been pestering you for over a month (unless you can write novel in four weeks, of course).
As you all know, I finished the first draft of CALLARION AT NIGHT nearly three weeks ago. Since that time, two critiquers of two different versions have already gotten back to me (thank you both, by the way), and have presented some very interesting commentary on it. One of the big things that I'm already dealing with is the characterization of Moriah. Some additional backstory will assuage most, if not all, of those concerns, so my only concerns there are how to weave the backstory in without changing too much of the story that's already there.
That said, I've been toying with the frenetic pacing of the book as it is now. While I love fast-paced novels, and video games, and movies, there's something to be said for taking the time to build dramatic tension.
The long and short of it, folks, is that I think I'm going to drop the pacing a few notches. There's a lot of backstory and worldbuilding I have as background that, if I were to include even a touch, would make the story that much more vibrant -- and have you the reader rooting for Moriah more.
I've also been reading Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass, so blame that book for making me think about all this. Well, that book, you fine folks, and the various mind-expanding posts I keep reading from all corners of the blogosphere. There's a lot of people blogging that are easily ten times smarter/wiser than me, and it would be silly to not take their advice to heed.
CaN might take a little longer to be declared done that I'd like ... but who am I to complain if the final product results in a home run clear over the bleachers instead of a line drive to right field?