I realized I am missing one of the important things with my writing: critique and feedback. In my last post, I mentioned that I’m starting to look into publishing. It turns out, though, that I’m not quite ready for that stage.
As of yet, I haven’t had anyone read my novels (at least, all the way through) for the point of criticizing. A few people have read it for fun and told me they liked it, but…whereas that makes me feel better, it’s not constructive.
I’ve known that I need some outside feedback for a while, but I only recently realized how much I needed it. I’m at the point, right now, in my writing, where I’m trying to improve my skill by looking at the problems I make, and attempting to fix them. The problem is, I’m finding problems everywhere. Dialogue, structure, description, sentence-structure, everything. Yet, I have no clue if these issues I’m finding are real, or if they’re all in my head. I know most of them are probably imaginary, but I don’t know which ones and how much.
So, yesterday, I had a big three-hour-or-longer-discussion with my mother. (You know how writers often say, don’t go to your mom for criticism because she’s going to love everything you write, even if it’s terrible? Well, my mom’s cooler than that. She loves it and helps me out.) It turned out that I had some loopholes, plot holes, and other holes that I wasn’t even aware of. It all made perfect sense in my head, but it didn’t actually make much sense at all.
Hmm. I now have a decently sized list of things I have to think about and then fix in this draft. It’s going to be more eventful than I realized.
I guess publishing might still be a ways off…