A question for Cecelia Isaac

Q: When do you decide a story is finished?

A: For me, the first draft is about plot and the revisions are about character. I write epic fantasy, so my stories are usually plot-heavy and have a natural conclusion: the villain is defeated. But of course great stories are built around characters. For a story to be finished, I want to feel like I’ve done justice to each character’s emotional arc. Are they in a different place from when they started? Does the reader understand the character well enough that their choices make sense? Do readers see a vision of what the future will look like for a character, even though the story is over? These questions are an important part of my revising process.


Cecelia Isaac’s story “The Numismatist
in Metaphorosis Friday, 17 February 2023.
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About Cecelia Isaac

Cecelia Isaac is a fantasy author based in New Jersey. In her day job as a geospatial research specialist, she studies the decarbonization of the electrical grid. Her hobbies include being really bad at badminton. Besides fantasy, her favorite genre to read is mystery/thriller.

ceceliaisaac.com, @CeceliaIsaac


Cecelia Isaac’s story “The Numismatist
in Metaphorosis Friday, 17 February 2023.
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February 2023

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