A few weeks ago, I finished the story “Stolen Dreams”, and sent it off to my critique partner. Even as I did it, I knew the story wasn’t what it could be. Not that there aren’t great parts to it, because there are, but when I was done editing I wasn’t left with that warm, happy feeling.
After it came back from being critiqued, my suspicions were only confirmed. It needed some oomph. So, where does that leave me now? In edit hell. I’ve decided to do a complete overhaul on the manuscript. Nothing will be trashed, but another point of view will be added, and I suspect that I will probably add 20K to the manuscript.
Which is why having a critique partner is so amazing! It is a push to make the work its best. Just a little nudge here, poke there, and an idea to tie the book together appeared out of nowhere. And now I’m inspired!!
So, my advice, if you don’t have a critique partner, get one!!!
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Critique Partners are Godsends!!
The journey as a writer all began when I was a teen and wrote poetry, which still to this day I pull out to have a good laugh. Later on, I tried a couple of times to put a book together with no such luck. Couldn’t ever get past the first few chapters. But once I was exposed to the paranormal world, ideas came quickly. At first, it was a way to keep my brain alive since being a stay at home mom can be a little let’s say―numbing. It was an escape from screaming kids, dirty diapers and plain old mom duty. It started as a hobby, but as the stories progressed it became a passion. Now, I indulge at nap time, especially the juicy bits! Every mom needs a good thrill! So here in Kitchener, Ontario, I am a thirty one year old wife, mom, house cleaner, cook, teacher, play-doh extraordinaire, swing pusher, toddler chaser after – who loves the outdoors, curling up with the latest flick, and if I’m not plugging away at a new novel, I’ve got my nose buried deep in a good book. So there it is―my life!