Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Fresh Set of Eyes

I am in the midst of revising a YA Contemporary manuscript of mine. One that I have had a love-hate relationship with for the past few months.  One that I can't seem to get off my mind.  With a fresh set of revision notes in hand, I tore up every chapter, then left it there to stew.  My CP's have suffered through this process with me, having looked at close to eight versions of the same manuscript, all without complaining, all offering invaluable advise.

But they, like me, have eight sets of scenes, eight sets of dialogue, revisions, and character tweaks all running a muck in their heads.  So, at the advise of a long standing CP, I took a giant leap of faith and sent my manuscript off to someone new, a writer who has no previous experience with the WIP or my writing.

Now I wait, see if a fresh set of eyes can pick up any inconsistencies, any bits and bobbles from the other versions that I intended to cut out.  It's been a long time since I let a stranger read my work; and, dare I say, I am nervous, scared witless of what she will come back with.

9 comments:

  1. I just did the same thing. It's exciting and scary all at the same time. Good luck and hopefully this new person can give you better insight so you can get it ready for the next step.

    http://theresa-foreverours.blogspot.com/

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  2. That is wonderful--it's always scary to send off to someone new, but if they help you, it's worth it in the end!

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  3. It is scary. But a fresh set of eyes are always good. Al the best.

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  4. nothing like a fresh set of eyes - good luck :)

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  5. I love that you did this. I always feel anxious after sending my work off.

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  6. It's gonna be just fine. Your work rocks!

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  7. Thanks for all the words of encouragement.

    TY Becky -- you are the best cliff-talker-offer I know.

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  8. A fresh set of eyes can do wonders! Hope it goes wonderful for you!

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