It’s actually a few weeks now since I got my first draft feedback on the Blurt, but I’m still excited about it.
My non-writer-readers all enjoyed reading it and that’s a great thing because this was a “challenging” read for them. They don’t read romance, sci-fi or action based books, so this was pretty foreign soil for them. That they liked it – even had the odd chuckle – and got all the way to the end, tells me I’m doing something right with this book.
Of course, the things I had expected to be problems weren’t the things that end up being problems, so I am pleasantly surprised that a few of my usual early draft hurdles weren’t there (who knows, maybe I’m getting better at adding setting?). The hurdles that were there are really interesting and also blissfully fixable!
I may have spent a day doing an “Oscar Wilde edit” where I put things in, took them out, put them back and moved them to a different spot as a result of feedback on the opening, but I’m resigned to openings being like that. A few of the heavy action points will probably also need that kind of editing, until I find the right mix of information and flow. There’s also a bit of work to be done on the core relationship, but nothing too onerous.
All up, I feel the next draft will be right to go to writer-readers for more technical feedback.