I’ve finished the first draft of a story I’ve been working on for a November 1 deadline, and I’m thrilled! It’s a great feeling to have a draft in hand after all the blood, sweat, and tears. I really needed this story to shine, so I put a lot into it. Now comes the real test: tomorrow, it goes to my expert first reader, my wife, for review. Will she love it like she loved the last one I gave her? Will she rip it to shreds? Or will she have a few suggestions for revision? She’s impossible to predict…but that’s what’s great about her. When I finish the first draft of a story, I pretty much lose all perspective on it. It actually takes six months to a year for me to gain anything remotely resembling subjectively tinged objectivity with regard to said story. Thanks to Wendy, I can polish, touch up, or radically overhaul a story, knowing I’m getting an opinion I totally trust, and I can put it in the mail without waiting six months to a year.
What will my first reader say about this one? Honestly, the suspense is killing me. See you soon!