(Isn't that picture hilarious? Not that I liken myself to an elephant or anything. Well, maybe the feet! Courtesy of Google Images)
I finally took the plunge and submitted the first two chapters of my novel to my critique partners.
Um. Wow. I never realized the feeling I would have when I hit that "send" button would be like, I don't know, GIVING BIRTH all over again. Like everything I've held so dear for the last nine months is now out there in the world, unprotected, exposed.
The first round of feedback I got was probably 50% good/50% not so good. My partners (who are awesome btw) were totally helpful in pointing out what I've done well and what needs work.
I actually agreed with them 100%. Wait, WHAT?
I thought that I'd be all territorial and guarded about having my novel held in the hands of someone else...kind of like how I was with my first kid. "NO, you may NOT touch my baby, STRANGER IN THE GROCERY STORE!" I really wasn't though, which surprised me. I think I handled it a little more like I did when the second kid came around, like, "You want to hold my baby? Of course you can! I'm going to go take a nap for an hour or two, mkay?"
The only way I can explain that is: I WANT to be the best writer I can be, and I know that means letting people examine my work for flaws. It might be painful at first, but if you can put your fear/pride/righteous indignation aside, it's going to make you that much better in the end.
If you don't have a crit partner (or three or four), GET ONE. If you do, THANK THEM.
Pretty In Ink...this one's for you ;P
*Blog friend MeganRebekah inspired this post. She is doing a great series on putting your stuff out there for feedback. Check it out!
*Other blog friend Jody Hedlund also had some great things to say about what to do with feedback today. Go see for yourself!
** I missed Mommy Monday because I was watching hubby's baseball team win the final four in baseball. We are going to the State Championship! Woo hoo! So excited for his team...stay tuned to see how they do (they play again this Friday, so I will be on the road AGAIN!).