What do a mystery novel draft and the Affordable Care Act have in common? You might give many answers, not all of them snarky. In both writing and health policy, events of the past week and a half set me thinking how a good start is only a start.
The 2017 University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute suggested many rounds of revision in my mystery’s future. I brought home ideas to strengthen character, dialogue, world building, scenes, and word choice. Special thanks to presenters Patricia Skalka (Dave Cubiak Door County mysteries), Kathy Steffen (historical thrillers), Peggy Williams (On the Road mysteries), and Silvia Acevedo (God Awful young adult series). Click on their names for websites and books.
Human endeavors are rarely perfect. Recognizing the need to revise can feel overwhelming. I’d rather see room for improvement as cause for celebration, not despair. The opportunity to revise is an invitation to creativity and hope.
I'm a historian who writes novels and literary nonfiction. My home base is Madison, Wisconsin.