It’s not always the prose.
When I wrote Come Back To Me, I told a story. The prose is rough and it might seem to some readers as if the editing is slapshod. The story shifts from past to present to past to present. I deliberately mixed up my tenses because real life doesn’t always flow in a straight line. And I did it without a second thought.
I wrote the Story. Yes, capital ‘S’ for Story. For once I ignored grammatical constructs. Screw ‘em. I needed to spit out Cara’s tale.
Had I obsessed about perfect prose, Come Back To Me would never have been written, not in a million years. The story was too gut-wrenching.
As Voltaire says – “The perfect is the enemy of the good.”
I’ve come to believe the following– Readers want to read a good story.