My WIP’s Third Revision
I feel so sorry for people who hate Christmas or pretend it doesn’t exist, because they don’t get to feel the butterflies and the joy I get at this time of year. For them, it’s always winter and never Christmas.
What I’ve Been Doing
I finally got all of Part One up on scribophile for critique.
And…I’ve been learning a lot. I have seen other people go through this and I thought I had done it better. Except…not so much.
I discovered I’m not a special snow flake. How could that have happened? Ha.
I have traded crits with several people. If I’m lucky, they will stick with me because they are finding all kinds of things. As much as I scrub before posting, and even after I run it through ProWritersAid, I still have mistakes. Grrrrrr.
They have also been very valuable in helping me understand how my characters are coming across, and giving me hints about how I effect readers. I do reach them. I also confuse them. Does one ever know how their own work reads?
I’ve also been critiquing other people’s stuff. I don’t think I’m doing a very good job at not doing it. I approach writing differently than they do. Maybe it’s because I actually read a book shelf of how-to-write-books books, did the exercises, and then tried to write that way. I have a sneaking suspicion they are more spontaneous than I am, and able to write faster. But which way makes for a better story?
I will get through Christmas, but it will be like no other I’ve been through. I want to get back to my story as soon as I can, but I don’t want to miss out on Christmas either.
I have all of Part One up on Scrib, and will try to convince people to read those ten chapters and give me feedback. Because of the way Scrib works, I can put something up, in 3,000 word pieces, and keep it open to edit and get crits for 30 days. On my first scene, the clock is ticking and I have about 25 days left. At some point I will start reworking the earlier scenes.
I think I hooked up with a group of off-line beta readers from Scrib. I think I will be in a circle of four or five other writers. We get ecopies of the story, read it, and give feedback on a story level more than a scene by scene level. I won’t need karma points for that. But…I have changes I’m sweeping into my story, and Part One has them but the other parts don’t.