Writing THE FACE was challenging, especially at the beginning. I had a dickens of a time trying to figure out whether it was Renee’s story or Sarah’s story. I designed a plot skeleton featuring Renee, then I did one featuring Sarah.
Finally, I realized that since I knew the ending (no spoiler here)–the story needed to belong to Sarah. Though Renee was almost a second protagonist.
Fortunately, at the time I was reading A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS, which is a splendid read, if you’re interested. Like THE FACE, it is a story about two women, and it solves the “problem” of having two protagonists in much the same way. (I’d say more, but that would involve revealing a spoiler, so I’ll hush now.)
As I wrote, I included a lot of information on the CIA–on (real) black sites, on torture, on waterboarding, and brain printing. Some of that info hit the cutting room floor, as you’ll learn tomorrow as we discuss the editing.
When I had the manuscript in passable shape, I sent it to MG, my favorite test reader, who added his usual astute comments and helped me tighten things up. 🙂 I use his initials only lest he be deluged with desperate writers looking for an expert editorial eye . . .
Tomorrow: the editing
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