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.