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The joy of pain

I cleaned my house for a bloodletting. No, really, it's not as bad as it sounds. My writing group came over yesterday because it was my turn to host the monthly meeting. I provided sodas, iced tea, cold cuts and bread; my husband made his famous cole slaw; people brought raw veggies, bagels, cookies, a cake, and other goodies.

And then, coincidentally, since it as my turn to be critiqued as well, they tore the novel I had submitted to shreds. Well, not to shreds. They had plenty of nice things to say, too, but they pointed out the many places where the book needs work. And that's fine. That's what I pay them for. OK, well, I don't pay them. We all work for friendship, with the goodies thrown in on the side.

The thing is, now I know a lot more than I did two days ago. And now I can get to work. Knowledge really is power.

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Mar. 30th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
You know, Karen, I think bleeding a patient went out with the dawn of modern medicine. ;-)

I'm glad you got a lot of constructive criticism.
Mar. 30th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
Constructive is the word. Now all I have to do is sort through the comments to figure which ones are just, "This is how I would write this book," and find the ones that are more universal.
Mar. 30th, 2010 09:05 am (UTC)
Always worth the pain :)
Mar. 30th, 2010 11:50 am (UTC)
Very true! To invoke an overused phrase, no pain no gain. More true in writing than in exercising, I think.
Mar. 30th, 2010 12:16 pm (UTC)
Knowing where the problem lies is the best way to start fixing it. So any criticism that helps your manuscript to be better at the end... welcome :).
Hope you enjoy the fixings...
Mar. 30th, 2010 12:19 pm (UTC)
I hope so, too. I like the story a lot.
Mar. 30th, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
That is spectacular!

Sure it stings a little, but damn if it's not likewise freeing! Woohoo! Go, Karen, GO!
Mar. 30th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you. One of our critiquers is meticulous. She puts a little colored Post-It tab on every page with even a tiny note about a missing comma, or anything else she wants me to see, even when she likes something. My sons saw all the Post-Its on that copy of an m.s., and he said, "Gee, Mom, you suck."

But the point is, NOT when I'm done.
Mar. 30th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
Ha! I hope you kicked him in the butt as he ran away! :)

I really wish I had an in-person crit group. Hard as I've tried to form or join one, it just hasn't worked out. :(
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