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POST CRITIQUE – A Better Ending

I have finally finished the re-write of my first novel – Wandering on the Treadmill . Spending money to have it professionally critiqued was worth every penny.

I began writing my first book about five years ago on a net book on my dressing table. 2012-11-11 13.44.34

My critique informed me of all the things I did right: like ending every chapter at a point where the reader will want to read on and how she liked my main character, but she also suggested I change some scenes and make the antagonist nastier.

What I realised during the re-write, was how lazy I had become towards the end of the book. I think I was so glad to get to finish that I rushed it.

The end result of a month of changing characters, scenes and storyline is a funnier and more dramatic story that has well-rounded characters and a satisfying ending. It is also a great lead into my next ‘Wanda’ story which is well on the way.

I will definitely be using a professional critique service for my next project. They are all-knowing, all-seeing beasts who can transform your rather average prose into something magnificent.

Has anyone else discovered how much their story improved after a thorough critiquing?



I have been a Personal Trainer for about 23 years and I still love training and the buzz it gives me but writing has always been a part of my life. I think I wrote my first book at the age of 10. My grandmother said I would be a novelist one day and she was right - as all grandmothers often are! I live with my boyfriend Carl, we have 2 huskies who make us laugh every day, except when pulling us into bushes to chase after squirrels! I have also written a Diet and Fitness book for women over 40.

One thought on “POST CRITIQUE – A Better Ending

  1. My first novel is currently in content editing and with (non professional) beta readers. The reasons you list for why you loved your professional critique are exactly why I chose to go with professional editing. There is no substitute for a keen, professional outside perspective when it comes to improving your work. Congratulations on taking your manuscript to the next level!

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