I can’t believe how nervous I am about the next step I need to take with my MS. I’m about to use the C-Word.
No, not that c-word, the other one: Critique.
I’ve been through some hefty revisions over the past year, and hacked a lot of words out, added a whole load more when I realised that I’d missed out entire chunks of the MC’s development arc, and finished with a few minor plot tidying tweaks. And now, (after one more read through), I have to take the next step.
I think that the main issue for me is that my CP's know what they are lookin for, and what makes a good story. My Crit Team have probably volunteered because they think that they are going to get a good read. What happens if it’s not one? The fear of letting them down is quite tangible, and it's hovering there, waiting to say: I told you they’d be disappointed.
Then again, if I don’t let them read it, then I’ll never know how much work I’ll need to do to make it the best I can.
I guess I’d better start that final read through now...