I’ve been working on the Day Project for over a year now. It’s strange how much you think you’ve written, how much effort you can put into editing, only to compile everything and read it through and then see that you don’t seem to have done very much at all.
The total chapter count so far is seventeen. I decided one of the chapters was a little too short, so I took a scene and inserted it into the previous chapter. It seems to work.
Writing suggestions and tutorials on YouTube are proving to be helpful and interesting.
I read Landry Park, a duology by Bethany Hagen. It’s got quite a lot of negative reviews on Goodreads, but I enjoyed reading both books despite that. I’ve come to realise that not everyone sees characters the same way (mentioned in an earlier post, I think) and it’s important not to let someone else’s negative opinion change your positive one. Don’t let an unfavourable review spoil your enjoyment of the book. Unless it’s the Fifty Shades and the This Man trilogies, in which case please do because those books need to die.
Another duology I enjoyed but not a lot of others seemed to (if the reviews on Goodreads were anything to go by) was the last two books of The Selection. It’s set in a future version of America, now known as Illéa, which is now ruled by a monarchy descended from Gregory Illéa. The Selection is a competition: thirty-five girls enter, but only one can marry the prince. The original trilogy was about America Singer; the spinoff is about her daughter Eadlyn, who will be the first ruling queen of Illéa and the first princess to have a Selection of her own. I’m not saying her story is better than her mother’s, but I did enjoy it more because Eadlyn underwent serious character development. She starts out as an arrogant, spoiled girl (appropriate) and ends as a mature, responsible queen. But at the beginning and end of her story, it is made clear that nobody is as powerful as her.
Madeline Landry is the sole heir to Landry Park; like Eadlyn, she is being groomed by her parents (or to be more precise, her dad) to take on leadership responsibilities. Like Eadlyn, Madeline is put under pressure to marry. Unlike Eadlyn, Madeline is reluctant to carry out the duties she’s going to inherit. She wants to go to university and have an education that extends beyond her responsibilities to the estate. She starts out quite gentle, but she has an inner strength that is gradually brought out. She is a lot stronger than even she seems to know. Madeline’s true strength is her compassion.
Both girls are born to be leaders. But which is better: to lead with strength or to lead with love?
Eadlyn and Madeline end up doing both.