Revising House Divided

Many people experience divided houses––when family unity is torn assunder by big issues, such as when a child announces she or he is gay or a child adopts a new religion or changes political party.

These divisions are among the most trying experiences we humans ever face––only loss of means of support and war are more disruptive. The pain people experience when these things happen can go deep, resulting in depression or at least lethargy and inertia. The conflict that can result can lead to divorce as well as lost contact.

In my forthcoming novel, House Divided, the daughter Courtney has chosen to join a college group which puts her at odds with her parents––more so with her father than her mother who is the more tolerant parent.

In most cases the choices young people make when they go away to college do not divide a family, but in this case it’s not just a matter of being on opposite sides of an issue. It’s potentially a matter of life or death.

I’m currently in the revision stage of writing, which means I’m incorporating the excellent feedback I get from a small group of beta readers as well as tightening up the story myself.

Being out of the country for three weeks has enabled me to come back to the story with renewed distance. Distance is necessary during the editing/revising process. Distance allows one to cut sentences that are too wordy or too vague. It helps an author find better words to use to describe a scene or a character or to substitute a verb that is more precise.

The problem with revision is when to stop. I’m probably a month away from that point. Time will tell. Meanwhile watch for additional updates in a few weeks.

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