Just thinking…stewing…not touching chapter 1 yet…
This whole revision process is scary in a way. Can I make those earliest chapters real page-turners like chapter 25, the climax that I took for critique at writers group a couple of weeks back? (The words ‘this scene will really knock people over’ sound so sweet. Talk about ego boosting!) 🙂
This wonderful group of people has given me their thoughts on plot, characters, and my writing itself for the last three years. Will I disappoint them when I bring the revisions back to group? Or will I hit the mark? I know I’m supposed to worry about pleasing myself, but they’ve invested time in this story, too. Is a writer like a kid? I want writers group to be proud to see I followed (some of) their advice.
The ultimate goal is to convince readers to invest their time in my book. I expect the revisions to go much more quickly than the 1st draft writing. Maybe 3 months. Sound reasonable? A couple of people are interested in being Beta testers: one an avid reader, the other another writer. They will be a good test on that 2nd draft. Then more revisions will come followed by copy editing, proofreading, and formatting.
But why is so hard to open yourself to other readers? Evil thoughts go through my mind: I want people to like what I’ve written, but the brain keeps saying they’ll think it’s a bunch of crap. It won’t be everyone’s cup o’ tea. (Sorry Alex fans – this isn’t a Star Wars story.) I’m realistic, okay? I agree with novelist Jody Hedlund that “When we birth our stories, no one else will have the same depth of love for our creation that we do”.
Bottom line: what would be the point of writing if you don’t share it?