It’s Done! Finished! Completed! The ended!
Does this mean it no longer is a work in progress?
Hardly. As many of you know, now the real and intensive labor begins.
But first, fresh eyes are needed. Not only that said eyes must be trained and alert, with the mind attached to them able to ferret out flaws and suggest corrections. Is this primary character developed enough? Is that secondary character too overpowering? Is the overall concept of the story compelling and, more important, plausible? Is there too much of this or not enough of that? Is the heroine strong enough or too much so? Does the hero come across as sensitive enough or too weak? Does the narrative drag? Is the backstory information filtered in slowly and appropriately or dumped in there all in a heap?
Yes. No. Yes. No. Maybe. Could be. Possibly. Perhaps.
In other words, it’s time for the tried and trusted critique partner to step in. Flutter wave to Jannine, then batting my eyes for good measure. Her job now is to answer these and other questions. Spot the defects and, thank you, Jesus, offer viable solutions. Done properly, in my humble opinion, a manuscript critique is worth its/her weight in gold.
(Oh, and just a side note. The manuscript is at about 93K, ample copy to take down a page or two should need be.)
Some authors I know wouldn’t think of sharing their work, except with their agent, editor and/or readers. Others share in wild abandon with anyone and everyone, taking any and all suggestions to heart. Ruminating on their worth and digesting them like popcorn.
So how about you, oh, others of my ilk, what’s your preference on this matter? How does your work in progress, well, progress?
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