Saturday, April 22, 2006

The 64-million dollar question

My manuscript is coming together! This morning, I met with my critique, my critique partner. The feedback I received from him was invaluable.

First, we read each others manuscripts. Hearing someone else read my words was tremendously helpful. It sort of made my manuscript real, brought it alive hearing it read from someone else's mouth. But, also, it exposed a few holes. For instance, as Chris read, I noticed a large gap in the story, a gap that I knew had already been addressed. Somehow, unintentionally, I'd chopped a large portion of my manuscript out. That became especially evident after reading ABs remarks. I accidently chopped out two spreads, very important pieces to this story. Just think if I'd had submitted the manuscript to the editors like this! I almost did!

Second, we gave positive and negative (maybe negative isn't a good word — improvement suggestions) feedback on each others manuscripts, and asked questions. It really turned into a discussion on how to make each others works better — it worked like a critique group should.

Although the sit-down exchange was a blast, my favorite part of the process was reading Chris' work, getting in there, dissecting it, understanding it, getting to know his subject. After that much time with a work, one can't help but to become attached, and truly hope for it's success. I look forward to cheering this work on to publication!

But then, there's that 64-mllion dollar question. So far, all 6 people, including an editor who's shown interest in this manuscript, have asked this question. Everyone feels it should be addressed. Problem is, I don't have an answer. No one knows the answer for sure —that's the thing. I could probably make a fairly accurate, educated guess, but I don't know if I'm comfortable with making assumptions when dealing with biographies. Should this book ever publish (I'm confident it will), reviewers will ask the same question, I'm sure. I'm gonna have to sleep on this one.

1 comment:

San Nakji said...

Wow, if the question is worth 64 million, you really have to get a piece of that!

I always find when I read someone else's work that it is really hard to be critical. I am not a writer, maybe you have to be one?