- Morning Pages: Day 114
- Write Chain Target: Day 11 of 2016
Simon, my husband and ‘ the man that does’ has been beta reading my latest Work in Progress. The Morning Gift was first born in 2009, maybe even before. I got such a shock when I found an email from a fellow writing friend telling me that the synopsis I’d given them was good and I should get on with revising it.
Some wise people say that you shouldn’t use your nearest and dearest as readers of your work. I say why not? The trouble is with any advice it’s only relative to the person providing it. So no, I’m not telling you the best thing YOU can do is ask your loved one to provide feedback on your work. For me it works. Simon is my trusted and harshest critic. He will tell me where it doesn’t work, where I’ve skipped like a few scenes and more than, and where I make glaring and embarrassing errors of judgement. He’s a reader first and foremost. And that matters. It’s the only qualification he needs to assess whether or not the story flows, cos he reads a lot of stories, probably in excess of 100 books a year.
We’ve just gone through half the manuscript with his observations and had a great laugh at some of the mistakes I made without realising. Most of them are anachronisms – this story is set in Saxon times and the days of the Norsemen. I shan’t share them here, not just yet but maybe one day. And we can all have a good laugh.
Learn to laugh at yourself . Life will be a lot funnier.