Happy December! I hope that NaNoWriMo went well for you this year! Comment below on how it National Novel Writers Month went for you this year!
Let’s face it getting feedback on your piece of work is difficult. Anyone who tells you that criticism, even if constructive, is easy to hear is a liar. Hearing that there is something wrong with your work is a hard pill to swallow, but it is necessary if you want to improve.
I had 3 beta readers with different opinions concerning my work in progress. On one hand, my story was well put together, but on the other it needed some reworking.
While I appreciated all the positivity I received, I had to do what no artist really wants to do.
Take off the rose-colored glasses.
It forced me to look at my manuscript not through the eyes of a lover, but of someone who wanted it to be the best it could be. The things my beta readers said hurt a little, but I could see from their perspective how some things could have been confusing or unneeded and how things could have been better explained.
I took their responses and funneled it through the expectations of my book. It’s important to note that not all comments or suggestions will be used, and that is something I had to be okay with for the sake of my book and my vision for the story. Not that I disregarded everything said to me, but I took it all into consideration and made the necessary changes to get my manuscript to be something I’m proud of with no reservations.
I encourage you to take all the comments you receive on your work into consideration as you jump into revisions. Perhaps make a separate document to enact these changes or speak to a trust friend for advice.
Stay cool peeps!
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