Listening to The Sisters Of Mercy the other night while writing reminded me that, originally, the story which became True Love was going to be called The Temple Of Love, after the SOM song. My lady friend of the time, the one who inspired Kimberly from The Pleasure Bunnies, talked me out of it. I don’t really remember what the reasoning originally was behind the name “True Love,” but I did finally work it in a few chapters before the finale.
A few weeks back, a reader commented that one of my stories was harder to follow due to the long breaks between chapters. This is a great concern for me; now that graduate school is almost over I will have a lot more time to write. At one point, when I started wrapping up True Love (when I wrote again, someone reviewed it by beginning “from the mists of time…”) I was going to have a short chapter where Kristen and Celia actually did a somewhat 4th wall breaking recap of previous events.
This seemed like a fun idea, but I ended up getting rid of it because I wanted to wrap up the story and not prolong it any further. I don’t see the big deal about readers having to go back and read, or reread, older chapters, I just did it with trilby else’s Outcall, but I understand other readers don’t have that kind of patience or time.