You know those times when you're revising and rewriting and you start to get sick of your book? Yep. That's totally me right now. I still love the story, but all the words are starting to blur together. I think I need a break from it. But I really want to get it done. I don't have writers block or anything. I know exactly what I need to do to finish it, but it's turning into more of a chore. I want this book to be awesome. To be great. But how do I know what I need to do to make it that way?
Critique partners/Beta readers.
They are SO important to have. Once I finish this draft, I'm sending it out again. It helps so much to have fresh eyes look at my books. And honestly, I don't think I've ever had so many people look at one of my books before. Which means I'm serious about this. I want to get better. I want my book to shine. I've gotten some thick skin and I'm actually to the point where I like getting my critiques back. Even if they sting a little. I like knowing how to make it better. I've gotten so much feedback on this book. Positive things, things I need to work on and places in my book where I need to explain things so the reader isn't confused. Everyone has nasty little habits that you can't help putting into your books. It's nice to know what they are so you can avoid them in the next one. Personally, it makes me a better drafter. :)
I used to think I could spot anything myself. If I edited my book and understood it, everyone else would too. So. Not. True. I've learn so much about my own writing when my betas read for me. Good and bad. No one is perfect. That's what critique partners and betas are for. To make you LOOK perfect. And to lift you up when you're feeling down. ;)
So, if you don't have a crit partner or beta, make sure you get one before you send your baby out into the world. Your book may seem perfect to you, but trust me. You need some fresh eyes to look at it. There will always be something that needs work. Even little things like repetitive words and phrases.
Moral of this blog post? Critique partners ROCK.
That is all.