What new and delightful experiences I've had over the past month. I was introduced to the A-Z Challenge; The Insecure Writer's Support Group (a gem of a find); Blogs aplenty; and after sharing glimpses of my story and receiving so much encouragement from new friends, a lot of anxiety about how to go forward now that my first novel is almost complete.
I'd really appreciate any help I can get from the Group.
I previously gave my very rough and incomplete draft to an English teacher to critique but, although he had a few good points which I incorporated, he has never read fantasy; doesn't like the genre and; although he's written numerous contemporary stories, none has been published. I think he may be the wrong type of critic.
Then, there are my family members. They read with a jaundiced eye - either positively or negatively. After all, these people know me and I've had comments like "I don't read fantasy but I can't understand how you can write about those horrors - you're a Christian, you should write something uplifting"; "your bad guy is too bad"; "I need to teach you how to write a novel"; "I didn't read the whole thing but it's great"; "I like it very much". So - I've decided that asking the opinion of family members is probably also not the best idea.
I should be finished the whole story within the next two or so months - there are perhaps four or five chapters to go. Do I wait until it's complete before I ask people to critique it? How do I find the right critics? What kind of feedback can I expect from them?
Oh Dear! The list goes on and on...