Beta readers are those valuable individuals who read your manuscript (with no prior knowledge of the events) and give you detailed feedback on everything from plot to characters to pacing. Their role is to show a writer how a future reading audience will interpret and react to their work.

Once I finished editing my first draft, I was ready for beta readers!

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The book is all down in one glorious first draft and I’m really excited/passionate about it. Now it’s time to take this draft and turn my good story into a great story that’ll satisfy readers.

Here is an outline of the steps I’ll be taking to improve my book:

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May 5th, 2016 – First draft complete.

I started this book back in October of 2014! It has taken me me one year, seven months, and 106,342 words to get it all done. I think I’m still in shock that I’ve actually completed it. Writing this story has been quite the journey and there were times I wondered if  I’d ever finish it.

But I did. I fucking finished it!

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For me, the first draft has been like a Rubik’s cube.

Maybe not the best comparison since I’m shit at solving a Rubik’s cube, but what I mean is there are all these faces to the puzzle that need to be shifted and lined up into solid colours.

Instead of six cube colours, the first draft has six elements: characters, plot, world, pacing, style, and genre.

Some of those I have figured completely figured out, others are a bit of a mess. However, the more I work on it, the more it all comes together. I’m so close to being done, the light at the end of the first draft tunnel is getting brighter.

My passion for this story continues to grow. I can’t wait to be done, and have each of my writing Rubik’s cube sides lined up.

Hello Nov

November is here which means it’s time to say goodbye to pumpkin flavor season and hello to the far superior, peppermint flavor season.

It’s also National Novel Writing Month!

While NaNo isn’t for me, I do love what this month does for the writing community.

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