Critiquing Group is Dreaming about my Book

I’m not really sure this is a good thing.  I received a facebook message that said that one of my critique partners awoke in the morning after having dreamt about a volcano in the mountains behind her house.  Suddenly a lava river came pouring toward her house and a deep and earth shattering earthquake. A thick deep blue fog permeated everywhere.

I personally thought it was hilarious.  But it also might mean that my book is too long and that she is definitely spending too much time reading.   🙂

I’ve really have come to love and appreciate the importance of a critique group. Everyone loves something different in books and are equally annoyed at different things.  Their perspective gives me the choice whether to keep something or not. I may not change something just because someone is annoyed, but I will try to see if from their view.

I did recently receive a critique from two individuals who agreed to look at a synopsis and the first 4,000 words of my manuscript.  They, of course, were part of the Pikes Peak Writing Competition. I submitted my materials last year and really got hammered. I loved every minute of it.  Since I submitted, I’ve kicked over 80,000 words from my manuscript.  I also have changed the tenses from present to past.  I did two additional edits and am finishing the third as I write. [Well sort of]  Much of what they said, even the harsh parts, I agreed with.

I really thought it would be hard to hear from someone who didn’t like my writing. And I know it will, when it’s my final product that I’ve spent hundreds and hundreds of hours on. But, when I’m still in the process, I completely understand. There is always something I could do better.

Some would argue that I didn’t take the contest seriously. But, I would say, that I did enter the contest cause I needed someone’s opinion who knew what they were doing. I got exactly that. They were harsh yet helpful. They pointed me in directions that I now need to improve. I admit that I’m not the best writer, but I do try to work hard. I may not succeed the first time, but I will improve.

The one part that both of my critiquers [if that’s a word] did like was my story or at least the idea of my story. I hope that I’ve improved on that as well.  Cutting out 80,000 words has been stressful but I did need to tighten the ship and remove some of the excess baggage.  As I prepare for the writing conference next week, I’m excited to learn more and even meet a few agents and editors. I will come back with more information and a preparation to start the agent searching process. What great timing.  Maybe I will come back with something more…..

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About earthsdivide

Learning something new can be hard to do. But why not! I love what I do and what I am trying to do. It hasn't been easy but writing is fun to do. To tell a good story takes hard work and a lot of effort, hopefully, I can do both. But if I can't it will still be a great time.
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One Response to Critiquing Group is Dreaming about my Book

  1. Wow! I would say someone dreaming about your book is most defiantly a good thing. You know, I have the same worries about others reading my work but you just helped ease my fears a little. I guess we’ll see when we get there.

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