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.
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?