Once you send out your draft to beta-readers you can expect a few sleepless nights, some solitary walks in the rain and a period of nervous reflection.
Here are 15 things you consider during this troubling time:
- Changing your name and assuming a new identity. “Lucy who?”
- Having a sudden bout of Writer Amnesia when their feedback returns. “Good grief did I write that…sorry can’t recall anything about a romance novel!”
- Making a knee jerk genre change before their feedback comes in. “Yes I have just made the natural leap from romance to serious political thrillers!”
- Will they like it as much as you do?
- How your literary baby is doing out there, on its own, in the big wide world?
- All the things you should have done to your draft but failed to do, because by the end you had no energy left.
- The amount of thinking time it took up when you were writing or editing it.
- The nagging doubts you had at the back of your mind about certain parts or characters which you happily ignored whilst writing or editing. Will those crafty beta-readers pick up on these?
- The lessons you learnt from the last stage of drafting.
- How the hell you managed to complete the last draft?
- Starting to write something new.
- The amount of weight you put on or lost during the last stage of drafting / editing.
- Whether or not you should email your beta-readers and talk them through the final steamy scene, which is now making you cringe every time you think about it. Perhaps it might help your cause if they knew you got a bit carried away in the last chapter?
- Maybe it needed more time? Maybe it wasn’t ready to fly the nest?
- Whether you should contact your local priest or vicar and ask them to pray for you and your draft?
If you are experiencing this situation right now, I feel your pain. We can stay strong together.
Have a great day folks!