Got my first draft back from my editor and I actually quite agree with the criticisms. Now, this speaks nothing about my editor…quite the opposite as I greatly appreciate and respect her opinion. Bur rather it speaks greatly to the fact that I am a rather opinionated individual and usually don’t take any kind of criticism quite so gracefully.
Everything that was said I completely agree with, and no part of me felt the familiar burn of…whatever you call it, protectiveness of my own creation? I don’t know. Either way, I’m happy that I had that response because now I am able to really listen to the opinion of someone else for a change, and more importantly, someone else who knows more about the subject than I.
I’ve already started thinking about what I want to do. Small changes here, big changes there…now it’s just a matter of time to wait for the the viewpoint from my other friend who’s been asked to give me his opinion as a reader.
I’m hoping that these two viewpoints will give me a complete idea of what I’m missing, what I need to do for my story both technically, as well as creatively.