When The Stars Conspire

Written by Ryan R. Campbell

Ryan R. Campbell is an International Book Awards finalist, the founder of the Writescast Network, and the co-founder of Kill Your Darlings Candle Company.

Posted on January 14, 2020

Filed under writing

This manuscript has been through countless drafts, through innumerable shifts in emphasis, POV, genre.

But today, after the most substantial rewrite yet, I can say it’s closer than ever to being exactly where it needs to be.

What started as a capital-R romance on a cranberry farm in northern Wisconsin has become more sure of itself with every revision, has blossomed now into an upmarket suspense. Still, though, the core of the story and its setting have remained the same. The outcome for the characters has, to some extent, lived on unchanged. The heart of these characters and their world has kept on beating unabated.

Some day I hope to share this manuscript with readers. I hope you, too, can know the splendor of Wisconsin’s northwoods, that you can hear the pine needles crunching with your every footstep, that you can listen to the soft lapping of waves against the beachfront, that you can watch eagles circling high overhead, probing for prey beneath endless stretches of blue.

This manuscript will be exactly where it needs to be some day, but it’s not there yet. It is, however, one step closer, and for now, that’s everything I can ask for and more.

Write on and write well, everyone.

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