Thank you, @Lakis! It does feel like I’ve been on this road for a long time.
I’m not actively changing the storyform. I couldn’t face it to be honest, LOL! I’m using the storyform I finally settled on — which took loads of time in itself!— as a guide as I revise. I try to stay on track that way but if I diverge a little bit, then I’m allowing that. In the end, I might end up with a slightly different storyform, who knows, but not majorly different. Like, my domains won’t change and the Problems and Solutions won’t change. Or, if they do change, it’s not that I was intentionally changing the storyform.
Who knows. Finger’s crossed, if it gets accepted, an editor might change things again! What will be very interesting is to do a final analysis after it’s in a published form. Let’s see how close to the storyform it ends up being. I’m certainly happy to share the result when that time comes (hope you have patience!)
My story has taken so long to complete because there are loads of twists and turns. Making it all line up, story-wise, is what’s soaking up loads of time and energy. But I’m really liking how it’s shaping up.
I did play with that idea but it didn’t fit with her character. The story points are very flexible like that . I ended up illustrating the Issue of Hope a little more broadly. For this story, she hopes to clear up her reputation which provides fuel she needs. Her hopes do get dashed though, regularly.