What Happens After You Get a Critic Back
1. Take time to think.
I got my duck manuscript back from Rate Your Story. I read over the critique. I transferred the comments into my manuscript. I didn’t dive into changes. I gave my brain time to think.
Reading/transferring helped me understand the suggestions. I couldn’t make those changes right away. I needed to wrap my head around them to see new possibilities.
There were two big things my judge wanted me to look at, the main character’s name and the three tries he made at his problem.
2. Work and make changes.
I researched names and duck behavior for a day or two. I put my notes at the end of the story.
Then I took a couple days to go in and out, making changes. I stopped and started. I moved ahead, and then went back to the beginning again.
I didn’t think I’d change the main character’s name, but I did. Somehow that small change made it easier to see new possibilities.
The duck manuscript’s revised . . .
3. Edit, edit, edit.
The duck story is ready for editing, but not from a paper. I’ll listen to it over and over again using the narrator on my computer. I can see and hear the words at the same time. Fixing errors is easy!
I also read my manuscript out loud. It’s another way to hear those errors. I’ll repeat the editing step over and over again until my story is as good as I can make it. Then . . .
Then I’ll start the process all over again. I’ll send that manuscript back to one of my critique resources. While I wait, I’ll work on another story or two.
Here’s to my latest adventure – getting four stories agent ready by February! May the force be with me!
When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!