I currently have four friends reading/commenting on mine. One is in journalism but does creative writing on the side. The other three are not writers but are avid readers so I trust they will be able to give me good feedback. I would like to eventually publish (I'm sure I'll do some more rewriting once I get their feedback as well) and I'm considering Kindle. I'm not sure how well it'll work, but it seems like a good platform. I discover a lot of new books with my Kindle of varying degrees of 'good.' I know my novel is better than some as it is right now, but this is not a competition. I just want it to be the best it can be. Are you thinking electronic publication or traditional? I am new to this and have never done either. I have my Master's Thesis published through the same process that all documents of that variety are published and a few articles in academic periodicals, but nothing on the creative front, which I understand is a completely different world.
Yes, I had a NaNoWriMo that I wanted to rework. I rewrote the whole thing, gathered up readers for feedback. I had 5 people read it. One said she loved it, but didn't really give me anything to work with. The other 4, all had the same feedback (in a general sense), so I started again with the re-write. I have a couple of friends acting as editors. One was an editor for a living before going freelance, primarily to do her own art and teach. The other, is just exceptionally good at constructive criticism. I giver her a chapter at a time. When I'm done, I'll give it to my other friend to go through. Once I correct based on her feedback, I'll probably try to publish it. I would like to be able to say someone who isn't a close friend or family member, thinks something I did was good enough to publish. ;)
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Yeah, it's more difficult than I expected since I'm a bit of a perfectionist, but I feel like it's paying off since it's starting to improve. I'm hoping that at some point, I will be happy enough to do something with it, but at this point, every time I go over it again, I keep finding more problems or things I want to change. I take it you're working on editing/rewriting right now as well?
Welcome! I find the edit/re-write process a smidge more difficult than I had imagined it would be. It's taken the novel in a different direction than I had anticipated, but that isn't a bad thing. Sounds like you are doing well all things considered.
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Hi! I joined SparkPeople a few weeks ago but hadn't gotten around to joining teams. I am currently in the fourth draft of the editing process of my first novel and am excited since it's at the point where it's finally starting to get decent. I have always enjoyed creative writing and though I don't have a lot of spare time (I am currently a doctoral student), I do make sure to give myself a little time in my day to do some writing. Feel free to friend me if you want. I don't really know anyone on here yet. Good luck with all of your goals (both in writing and in fitness)!v
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