Just thought I’d let you know I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. Not yet, anyways.
As I mentioned before – did I mention before?- I joined an online critique group and have been crafting away on my historical novel. What a great experience… all that feedback, the slashing and cutting and ripping has made me a different person.
I now have thick skin.
When I began back in March, I was SO nervous. Critiquing other people’s work seemed easy-breezy. What a blast, telling someone what to change! But when it came time to upload one of my chapters, I thought I would pass out. Or die.
Let me tell you writers out there, if you don’t have a group like this, you are missing out. Once I survived the initial shock of all those red lines I began to see the real value of this experience. How many years have I sat in front of my computer, wondering if what I was saying made any sense? If the characters seemed valid or real? If the plot worked, or how to ratchet up tension and keep the pacing?
I wonder no longer.
Now, I get direct feedback and what a joy it is. I’m currently on chapter 4. I love my characters, I see where I want them to go and now I have the confidence that with a little help from some very nasty friends (wink) I will get there.
Here’s to Sue! She didn’t die!