Short version: still revising Savage Autumn. I feel kinda like Mr. Mutant-Potato Head up there.
Either I talk about my writing too much, or I don’t have much of a life otherwise (probably both), but the first words out of my friends’ mouths (after the generic hellos how are yous are out of the way) are: “How’s the writing going?”
I know I get all animated when I talk about writing. My writing, or anybody else’s, or the publishing world in general. It’s fascinating to me. And I’m not always good about pretending the same level of interest in anything else. There is probably a personality disorder out there to describe this.
Anyway. Long intro. Moving on. What’s going on with my manuscript?
For awhile there it was in mortal peril. I joined a critique group that had one member hating on my manuscript. Her points were fantastic and helpful, actually, but the delivery could have used some work. She’s not in the group anymore, but I needed about a week to nurse my ego and think about the characters and manuscript. Her comments, and the feedback from other group members, has inspired some rewrites and revisions.
Two other current critique partners have swapped manuscripts with me, and their comments have also been crucial. The whole experience reinforces that whole “writing is not a solitary effort” mumbo jumbo that you read at the beginning of acknowledgments pages (I read those. I really do).
Many of these writer friends have read more than one version of the same scene. All of them have been spectacular in putting up with my indecisiveness, my questions, and my sometimes bitchy sensitivity.
Because Savage Autumn is nowhere near publication, and I read acknowledgments pages all the time, here is an toast to my critique partners and writing group friends:
Thank you to Seven, Jo, Pam, Seth, Robin, Helen, Mark, Jeri, Kary, Pat, Margaret, Cheryl, Theresa, and Colleen. And another thank you to my friends and family who have read the manuscript in its parts or entirety – whether you’ve given me feedback or not. Finally, thank you to the friends and family who haven’t read the manuscript but continually ask me how it’s going.
Total, abrupt subject change….
Update on next-door dogs: Yappy #3 lingers. Barks. Lingers.
Awwww, thank-you Beth! You’re an awesome critique partner too. And I certainly don’t think you’re sensitive about my critiques, you’re always very gracious, even when my critiques are on the negative side.
You deserve more thanks than a blog post, my friend! And like I said before, if all your feedback was: “It’s great, don’t change a thing,” I’d be rather suspicious. 🙂