This Is Why I Have A Critique Partner…
It is warm outside, the pool is shimmering in the morning sun. This is the day Gerald begins its journey towards the final climax.
Yesterday would have been the day this happened but, luckily – or unluckily, it all depends on how you see it – for me, my critique partner Christine Berman pointed out what could have been a major problem later down the line.
There was a timeline overlap between the bad guy and Gerald which would have been jarring for the reader. Although the timing was correct for the characters, the order of one chapter overhauled the next causing a ???? for the readers.
This is one reason why it is very wise to have a partner when working on a novel, they can save you a lot of work and major heartache further down the line when your brain is frazzled to a cinder trying to ensure you have a nail biting ending.
A critique partner is invaluable, at least I think so, and the above bears out one of the reasons why I am very lucky with mine. There are many other benefits to this ‘symbiotic’ relationship such as helping to sort out a sticky plot hurdle and relighting your fire when you just cannot get the words from your head to the page. All in all for me a critique partner is an essential part of the writing process, and apart from pulling your darling to pieces he/she can show you that writing is not the lonely process it once was.
I spent yesterday working on chapter 16 and restoring normality to the flow of the novel.
Phew!! Crisis averted thanks to my eagle eyed CP 🙂
I now start this weekend in a positive frame; I have the final few chapters to write and today is the beginning of the end, as it were.
Current Word Count: 52, 137