I had a minor meltdown today. Why? I signed up for TRW’s critique session on Saturday so I thought I’d better pull up my first chapter that I haven’t looked at since I wrote it, just to ensure I wouldn’t totally embarrass myself.
Hmm, I don’t think it’s a good idea, Leah, to have an opening scene with blood dripping into a bowl unless you’re writing a vampire novel. So I chopped this section and then another, and moved that scene in front of the other one, found redundancies and then sat back and read it through. And said…
I was getting so frustrated with how wooden it sounded, how it didn’t flow, that I wanted to pitch not just the chapter but the entire story.
Shoot forward a couple hours, and my two writing buddies from Texas, Terri and Blue Sue offered to look it over for me. Thank you, ladies! Because they came back with some very valid, and heartening critiques. Yes, I’d missed a few points, and left in some stuff from a previous version that I’ve got to either add to or chop, and yes, there were still a couple of redundancies (which I’ve since removed), but on the whole they liked it. Phew!
I think I was looking at it too much – that I needed to take a step back from it because I’d overworked it. At least that’s my excuse for today.
So I’m feeling a lot better about Saturday now. At least I think I am.