This week one of my critique partners (CP) told me I seemed too willing to make changes offered to me on my WIP. I thought about the comment, then shared how I decide whether to change or not.
If the change is grammar or word usage, quite often it's changed. I am not the best with grammar, and easily over use words (that and then come to mind.)
In the case of bigger changes, it takes more thought. Last week a CP told me they had a hard time keeping two of my characters straight. Their names (even though very dissimilar in my mind) were similar to her. She suggested I change the name. My mind said no, this is ridiculous. One name begins with a K, the other with a V-- they are nothing alike. The next day, as I looked over my WIP, I saw what my CP hadn't said. It wasn't the names that were similar about my characters, it was everything else. I had two people where I only needed one. It meant making major changed throughout the rest of my WIP, but it was worth it.
As I spoke with my CP about my process, I told her two things I always keep in mind. I only want to make changes that will improve my story, and seeing I save all my versions with a new name, I can cut scenes and make all the changes I want without losing anything, except time.
What is your process?