Was It Worth It? First Draft Feedback #AmWriting

I shan’t lie to you.

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Much as I thought I’d be able to keep myself busy whilst waiting for feedback from my two wonderful alpha readers, that little niggle stayed there…

  • What if it makes no sense?
  • What if they don’t like it?
  • What if I don’t get any feedback because it was that bad?
  • What if I’ve totally wasted eighteen years of my creative life working on a project that wasn’t even worth it?

One had already told me it would take a little time to get through reading, due to their own writing commitments, and as I really value their feedback, I was fine with that. I’ve taken eighteen years to get here, after all, a few weeks more shouldn’t matter!

The other said they’d get to it as soon as they could but it would take a few days.

That’s okay.

I could wait a few days…

And I got my first ping in my inbox just a day or two after, with some initial observations.

Maybe think about changing the title, it doesn’t do justice to what has been read so far.

  • Okay, I get that. Wedded Stress was a working title that I came up with all those years ago, and I was prepared for the fact that I may have to change it if it didn’t suit the end story. It’s just so hard to stop thinking of my WIP as Wedded Stress, but old habits die hard. So, I’ve been thinking of other titles…

More show and less tell.

  • Again I expected that, especially at the beginning of the story, as my writing was pretty immature back then.

A few bits to mull over…

I waited with baited breath for the full feedback, and this morning I got it.

I celebrated with a rather naughty breakfast!

And the reason for my elation?

Let me use my reader’s own words…

“Ok, finished it and I think its ACE! Bags of potential and you need to do something with it because the world needs to read this. Fabulous novel idea.”

It was followed by some really constructive feedback about where I could tighten things, add descriptions, develop some of the characters further, and there is a niggle with POV (Point Of View) but the reader loved the characters!

“They come to life and I don’t think you need to get rid of any.”

And the end statement just made my day…

“I think its an excellent story and as a first draft it’s stunning. A lot of it is written really well so I don’t think you have huge rewrites.”

  • Relief, that I haven’t wasted my time!, and hopefully I don’t need to rewrite it all
  • Gratitude, as my reader used precious time to read my WIP, and gave such helpful feedback
  • Pride, that my writing has been given such praise, even in its rawest form
  • Impatience, as I wait for my other reader to let me know what they think

So the folder came out, the post-its and new erasable highlighters too! I am prepared for the next stage of changes, which I will start after the Bash this weekend!

Peeps, I think this is really happening!


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  2. Hannah Truelove
    Aug 13, 2018 @ 19:09:39

    That’s wonderful! Congratulations!

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    May 15, 2018 @ 21:47:44

    Wow! Excellent news. Keep up the good work. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


  4. thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany
    May 15, 2018 @ 16:52:21

    YES!! It IS REALLY HAPPENING!!!! Go with it!!!

    Liked by 1 person


  5. You Can Always Start Now
    May 15, 2018 @ 16:30:04

    Very exciting. Great getting feedback now onto next stags

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Graeme Cumming
    May 15, 2018 @ 12:27:28

    Great news, Ritu. Would love to hear more – if there’s time at the weekend…

    Liked by 1 person


  7. Erika Kind
    May 14, 2018 @ 20:14:29

    It is such a process. Writing a book can lead you to so many paths on to so many new roads. I deleted a whole chapter after the manuscript went into a different direction. I thought it wouldn’t fit at all anymore and destroyed the vibes. So I deleted many hours of work without ever regretting it!

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  8. Aimer Boyz
    May 14, 2018 @ 19:06:05

    Congratulations, Ritu. You must feel so relieved 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


  9. John Holton
    May 14, 2018 @ 16:51:34

    Can’t tell if that’s ham or bacon on your pancakes, but I want it…

    Liked by 1 person


  10. OIKOS™-Redaktion
    May 14, 2018 @ 14:27:15

    Congratulations Ritu! For the worries about you now known best. For the next book of you we will take care of you. 😉 Michael



  11. OIKOS™-Redaktion
    May 14, 2018 @ 14:25:40


  12. Annette Rochelle Aben
    May 14, 2018 @ 14:06:47

    All that stress for nothing… however, I like the idea of the naughty breakfast… Congrats, Sis – write on!

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  13. claire plaisted
    May 14, 2018 @ 12:53:11

    Reblogged this on Claire Plaisted – Indie Author and commented:

    Congratulation Ritu. I remember my first feed back and i’ll tell you though the story was good in essence it was a mixture of POV…I didn’t have a clue in those days. Tough learning curve though I got there in the end. Needless to say that particular book is still awaiting editing.

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  14. Losing the Plot
    May 14, 2018 @ 12:34:17

    I am so pleased for you xxx

    Liked by 1 person


  15. pranabaxom
    May 14, 2018 @ 12:32:56

    👍👍congrats. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person


  16. Don Massenzio
    May 14, 2018 @ 11:15:18

    It’s an exciting process. Good luck to you.

    Liked by 1 person


  17. The Story Reading Ape
    May 14, 2018 @ 09:42:53


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  18. M.L. Davis
    May 14, 2018 @ 07:55:42

    Great post. I am close to sending my draft off for feedback and nervous for the exact some reasons you were. Sounds like you got alot of positive feedback through, so congratulations! Best of luck as you continue to move on from here x

    Liked by 1 person


  19. willowdot21
    May 14, 2018 @ 07:41:21

    Well what did I say, what other outcome could there of been .😁💜💜😁 Well done Sis keep going 💜 you rock 💜💜😁

    Liked by 1 person


  20. Lucy Mitchell
    May 14, 2018 @ 06:55:53

    Yay! Go Ritu 😍

    Liked by 1 person


  21. foodzesty
    May 14, 2018 @ 06:35:14

    I knew it!!! Congratsssssssss ssssoooo very happy for you!!!!!! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


  22. robbiesinspiration
    May 14, 2018 @ 06:32:27

    Wonderful feedback, Ritu.

    Liked by 1 person


  23. Dorinda Duclos
    May 14, 2018 @ 04:24:48

    So excited for you!!! We are our worst enemy, always doubting what we are capable of. Congrats, Ritu!! ❤

    Liked by 1 person


  24. davidprosser
    May 14, 2018 @ 04:14:24

    I couldn’t be more pleased.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    Liked by 1 person


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