Five Warning Signs Your Story Needs Revision

Kristen Lamb's Blog

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We can have the best story ideas in the world, but to be blunt? There’s a lot to be said for delivery. While these problems might seem picky, there are some fundamental errors that can weaken the writing. If our writing loses power, this can become distressing or distracting to readers.

Many readers (not being editors or professional writers) might not be able to articulate specifically why they lost interest in a story, but often the answer is simple. It can be an accumulation of the small things. The little foxes spoil the vine.

Most of us make one or more of these errors, especially when we’re new. Hey, that’s called “being NEW.” No one is born with the natural ability to write brilliant, perfect novels coded into their DNA. It takes time and practice, so give yourself permission to make…

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Chivalry

 

In 1960s New York, seventeen-year-old Rachel McMahon has grown up on the backside of Belmont Park exercising race horses for her mother, a rare female trainer in a sport dominated by men. Her mother, however, doesn’t support her dream, fearing for her safety, not simply because of the inherent dangers of riding a high-spirited racehorse on the track, but because of the attacks other pioneering women jockeys have dealt with across the country.

Even so, the greatest threat to her dream was her abduction and subsequent torture at the hands of a depraved and evil man—a man she calls the “monster.” Nightmares and flashbacks take control of her life and threaten to destroy her. But then she met Erick, who shares her dream, and  is determined to help her find her way out of the nightmares and back to her dreams.

With the help of Chivalry, their barn’s newest and most promising horse, Rachel and her family set their sights on the most prestigious race in the country—The Kentucky Derby. But with the intense pushback from the male jockeys and the fans, they wonder if it’s all worth it. Will Rachel be able to hold on through the storms coming against her?

 

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