Friday, July 16, 2010
Exposed—sharing your work with Beta readers
Did you ever get acne as a teenager? Probably tried to hide it with all kinds of creams. You also probably begged your mother if you could stay home from school until it cleared up.
Imagine standing in front of your entire school with a huge pimple on your nose.
Pretty embarrassing. Right?
Well, this week I received my first feedback from my first beta readers. It was about as pretty as that scene. I felt even worse than I did as a teenager.
They didn’t like my MC. She was too spoiled and self-centered. UGH.
Sure, there was a list of other suggestions I could attack quite easily but not liking my MC? I clutched my heart and about gave up the ship. (I love those clichés.)
Risk. There’s risk involved with this growing into a writer thing. There’s risk that I might decide the hurt isn’t worth it.
But there’s also this thing called growth.
Hopefully that’s what happened to me after I took a deep breath and started my revisions. For the past three days I’ve been pushing myself harder than ever to get out the story that is buried inside of me.
Exposure is good. Yeah, it hurts but so does getting a rejection from an agent. This time I want to be sure I'm submitting my best, not a book full of pimples.
So when was the last time you felt exposed? Did it result in something better?