Letting Your Baby Go #AmWriting

You’ll be proud of me, I hope.

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My 18-year-old baby, my WIP which was granted adult status this year, had it’s first read through by me. I sat there in the sunshine yesterday, completing it, post -t marking chapters, and scrawling on the pages where I could see corrections that needed to be made.

Then I opened the document up on my screen and proceeded to correct. Some were grammatical errors, some, were where the words made no sense. There were a couple of names mixed up and some capitalizations that needed to be added.

It was hard rereading my own words. I felt the first few chapters really showed my naivete as a writer, but, considering I was much younger at the time, it wasn’t too bad!

I cut a couple of waffleyย chunks and identified a few others, but was loathe to lose them yet.

Saved, on my hard drive, two pen drives, the Cloud and emailed to myself, I shut the screen down, and had a well-earned sleep.

But that isn’t all I need to do, is it?

Really, I need to be that parent who is ready to let their child spread their wings!

We had a few ‘play-dates’ earlier on, so to speak, when I posted the first few chapters on the blog, eager for your feedback, but I still hadn’t let go fully. (Mind you, I hadn’t written it all at that stage either!

But, I knew I needed another opinion. From people I trusted. Those who I know would be honest, and/or read work in this genre regularly.

Charli Mills, head rancher at the Carrot Ranch, suggested I go for some Alpha readers.

Now, I’d heard of Beta readers, but Alpha?

These were the ones who would look at my unadulterated manuscript, and give me feedback on the characters, and plot, spot gapping holes in the story, etc…

It was time to let my WIP out on its first residential…

And I waved goodbye to it, twice, this morning.

Now I’m like that nervous mother, pacing, wondering whether it’s behaving, leaving a good impression, did it get there in one piece?

And I shall be eagerly awaiting that email to say how it’s doing too…

Unlike a true residential, I don’t know when it’ll be back with me, to peruse the comments… so, until then, I’ll have to wait,ย impatiently…

Oh, God!

Will they like it? Will it be ripped to shreds? Have I wasted eighteen years of my creative life? Should I just give up hope now?

I needed to keep myself busy, so I did the obvious thing on this glorious Bank Holiday – I got my nails done!

And I wrote this post… And I’ll be off to visit the in-laws soon too.

Then school will keep me busy.

And the run up to the Bash…

But, will it stop me from constantly checking my emails and messages? I don’t think so!

Oh man, then I’ll rewrite, and have to send it to an Editor or Beta readers, and do it all over again!!!!!!!

This is going to be some wait…

Have a wonderful Monday Peeps!

 

 

42 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Eliza
    May 14, 2018 @ 16:25:08

    Well done you!!!
    Happy Monday:)

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  2. A Girl and Her Passport
    May 13, 2018 @ 16:24:39

    Good for you for editing and releasing it! Iโ€™m sure itโ€™s great!

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  3. Gary
    May 13, 2018 @ 10:04:40

    I never thought of that! Going back in time to when you first started this WIP. I bet the changes in how you write now compared to thrn really popped out. Very impressive though and best of luck with the Readers. Always a nerve wracking time, but Iโ€™m sure they will love it x

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  4. fancypaperblog
    May 13, 2018 @ 08:57:09

    Good luck Ritu!

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  5. Midlife Smarts
    May 13, 2018 @ 08:48:17

    Wow. Good luck. Great post.

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  6. MindOverMeta
    May 13, 2018 @ 07:31:43

    Wow, this sounds like a huge step. Good.luck with it Ritu. I’m sure the first lot of feedback will be really useful ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Ritu
      May 13, 2018 @ 08:19:15

      I just got it this morning from one of the readers and Though there is work to do, that I expected, I am overwhelmed by the positivity too!!!!!!! Thank you!

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  7. pranabaxom
    May 07, 2018 @ 23:37:09

    Eighteen years Waiting In Pregnancy! you must be one bloated whale of expectant mother๐Ÿ˜
    All the best Ritu for your “adult” child.

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  8. Losing the Plot
    May 07, 2018 @ 18:46:23

    I canโ€™t tell you how much luck I am wishing you with this xxx

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  9. Jennifer
    May 07, 2018 @ 18:34:22

    Congrats on the completion and on learning how to let it go.

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  10. robbiesinspiration
    May 07, 2018 @ 18:11:38

    It is a good thing to get this sort of advice for other people, Ritu. Charli has given me excellent advice too. It is a lot of work to do the re-write but it is well worth it.

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  11. scr4pl80
    May 07, 2018 @ 16:02:22

    Congrats on taking that next step. Just like our daughter was in her freshman year of college away from home, I’m sure it will be fine!

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  12. Masha
    May 07, 2018 @ 15:55:19

    So happy for you, lots of blessings.

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  13. foodzesty
    May 07, 2018 @ 15:43:25

    Good Luck I am sure they will like it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. willowdot21
    May 07, 2018 @ 15:16:55

    OMG this is going to be hard for you! As you know all you can do now is wait. I am sure it will be behaving itself and being a credit to you. We’ll done Dear Sis๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

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  15. Shivangi
    May 07, 2018 @ 15:02:56

    All the best Ritu! It will turn out great!

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