Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Getting Notes

One thing I learned early on when I was asking people to read my work was that I can't be in the room when it's happening. It's one of those "I can't look at you when you're looking at me" things. It's just a very vulnerable moment.

But I sent my current WIP to my sister for a quick Alpha read, and I find myself laughing aloud at her notes. She's writing things in the margins the likes of which she'd say out loud to me while she were reading any book. And I like that. Because that's what people would be thinking when they read it.

My favorite so far: I said, "This had to look weirder than the sun turning blue." Her note, "Won't that happen right before it explodes?"

I love my sister.

I'd forgotten how much fun there can be in getting notes. I think I'm actually going to enjoy getting notes through this process.

How's the process going for you?


  1. I love my crits, but I think I'm like you. I couldn't have it done in front of me. The notes are the best, though, aren't they?

  2. Sisters are the best! And I could never be in the room while someone was reading our stuff. I'd be a basket case.

    We're knee deep in revisions right now. We're really weird about editing and usually do whatever we can to get it over with as soon as humanly possible. We just sort of hate it. New words? Love. Editing the crap we've already written? Boo.

  3. Susan -- But it's good to enjoy getting crits. I think it's good for us.

    LnL -- Ah, well, I applaud you for editing. It's hard, but I'm sure you'll love the results. :)