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When people give you feedback, what do you do with it? Do you listen to it? Ignore it? How do you decide if its good enough to changing your story for?

I am currently in the process of revising my first novel. I finished the first draft last summer, August 2012, to be exact, and I am now struggling with those exact questions after I gave my first draft to several people to read.

One reader loved it just as it was. Another reader gave me some useful organizational suggestions. A third reader gave me thorough feedback and asked me some tough questions, but this reader also suggested I cut at least a third of the story.

Wait a minute. What?!? The ENTIRE section? It’s 35,000 words!!!

I’ve sat on this suggestion now for about six months, and I’m still not sure buy bupropion xl 300 mg online what to do with it. On one hand, I feel that to cut it would remove a whole layer of story that I really like and that frames the rest of the story. On the other hand, I can see how removing this section would allow me to further develop the characters and plot in the other parts.

I wrote about this here, and I want to be true to the story. My gut says, “don’t cut it.” My brain says, “Look at your word counts. It’s too long. You need to cut somewhere.”

What do you listen to to write your story: feedback? Your heart? Your brain? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below or in the forums here.