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If you’ve been following along, then you know that I submitted my first full length novel for a peer review a few weeks ago. After a little over three weeks, I have gotten back a total of four reviews. It was my fear that the reviews would point out such huge flaws that I would need to practically start from scratch, deterring me from writing for a bit. At the same time, it was my hope that the reviews would give me something specific to focus on while doing my next edit.
What I got, is something in-between. Other than the feedback on my spelling and grammar, each and every one of the reviews focused on something different, both strengths and weaknesses. As it stands, I seem to be in a position of “you can’t please everyone”. The best I can do at this point is to process all of the information and feedback that I’ve received and decide what works with my overall vision of the novel and what doesn’t. With expectations of receiving a few more reviews, I plan to hold off on the edit for a bit longer.
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I never expected this to be an easy journey, but the decision to become an author is not something that can be taken lightly. It is a decision to put your heart and soul into words and share it with the world, leaving yourself vulnerable and at the mercy of anyone who reads your work. I’m glad to see that the overall consensus so far is that I’m on the right track and while there is quite a bit of editing to do, I’ve gained another supporter or two that will help motivate me to get the work done on not only this novel, but the follow-up, which I have completed two-thirds of the first draft for.
It feels good to be taking another step forward, albeit a baby step. While I wait for more reviews to come in over the next two weeks or so, the plan is to revamp my website. It’s been quite a few months since I’ve made any updates and it is long overdue.