Still on Lesson 1B for Mystery in Morocco but Life got busy last week so I didn’t do much.
The thrill of my week was getting some superb comments back from beta-readers on The Green Ribbon (short story). I felt nervous about letting others critique my work –especially as I didn’t really know two of them — but I’m so glad I took the risk because the comments made are invaluable.
The readers varied in the degree of detail they gave but the comments were all relevant. I sat here feeling euphoric, almost slightly drunk. It was a very pleasant feeling but not conducive to work! I found it so pleasant to work with others, to have other perspectives on my work, and — it has to be said — complimentary things said 😀
Euphoria under control, I spent a couple of days combining the comments into one document, and thinking carefully about all of them. Suprisingly few comments were duplicated. And some were opposites! I needed a break to let it all sink in and spent time with my other writing project.
Ripping out the murder mystery part of the plot in Mystery in Morocco took time but now it’s out, I’m flying. What I particularly enjoy is the experience of having gone through HTRYN to lesson 17 (with MinM) and once all the way through with the short story, so that I now have a very good idea of what needs to go on those 1B sheets and what can be left for a later lesson.
The good news is that I don’t have as many sheets as the first time through 1B with MinM. What has surprised me is the amount of new stuff I’m noting. I’m putting this down to having learned so much since doing this lesson in January/February 2010 so I’m seeing so much more!
There’s still a long way to go but with each step, I get closer to that great book I have in my head. Translating all those feelings and ideas and pictures and scenes into words on paper is a challenge. Thanks to those readers who have given me so much to think about, and an opportunity to make my writing better, I feel well able to take up that challenge.
Thanks guys! 🙂