maggie_writes (maggie_writes) wrote,

Trucking along...

I had to take a break from revising my novel to write for money, but now I'm back on track. I did have some time to read about half of my novel, and there are a lot of passages (and even entire chapters) that I want to keep. Which is reassuring, because I tend to hate almost everything I write. I have about two months to complete this revision before I send the manuscript off to my first-ever beta reader EVER!!! I'm so nervous! But also excited. But mostly nervous.

I think I will die from anxiety before the beta reader returns the manuscript to me with her comments. People have read my work before, but never an entire novel from start to finish without interruption. I've gotten mostly positive feedback (which is GREAT!), but I can never be sure if people are being 100% honest. This particular beta reader does not know me and is not a friend, so I hope they will give me lots of constructive feedback. I really want to query TAINTED FROST next year, which means that I might have to deal with some negative feedback if I want to make it the best it can be. *gnaws fingers* I think I can handle it though. I used to work at a magazine, and whenever the editor asked me to make some changes I always liked that better than when they said it was perfect. I think criticism can only make you a better writer as long as you don't let yourself take it TOO seriously.

Anyway, this whole journey has been so exciting, and I can't wait to see what happens the rest of the year.

Happy writing! 

Tags: revising
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