5 Reasons why sending out your draft for feedback is like going public with a new relationship #writers #writing

1. At the start of a relationship you and your new love interest see each other in private before making it official. You then decide that it’s time to tell the world that you are now an item. Brace yourself it’s time to introduce your new love interest to family members and close friends – Gulp! 

The same goes for your draft story. You spend time writing it in private and then once it’s reached a certain stage you decide to introduce it to the world / get feedback. Brace yourself it’s time to introduce your draft to a few reviewers – Gulp! 

 

2. Before you go public with your new relationship you will find yourself to be a little nervous; cue the clammy hands and night sweats. 

Your mind will be awash with all sorts of questions:

Will they [friends / family] like [new love interest]?

Will [friends and family] see what I see in them? [new love interest]

Will they see beyond their rough looking appearance? [new love interest]

The same applies to your draft story. Before you send it out to your reviewers you will be a little anxious; cue the dry mouth and frequent loo trips. 

Your mind will be cluttered with all sorts of questions:

Will my reviewers like it? [Draft Story]

Will my reviewers get it? [Draft Story]

Will they [reviewers] see beyond the odd typo, a few plot inconsistencies and my reoccurring grammar issue?

 

3. Friends and family might have shocked faces as you proudly strut out, hand in hand, with your new love interest. Their jaws might be hitting the floor and their eyes wide in shock. 

The same applies to your writing. Your reviewers might have shocked faces too, after quickly glancing over your work. Their mouths could be open in a tunnel like style and they might have big scary eyes. 

 

4. Whilst you are busy showing off your love interest to the world, you will become a little paranoid about people’s reactions and find yourself saying things like:

I know they are a bit rough looking [new love interest] but you must be able to see their marriage potential? Please tell me you can see this?

I know you have only just shook hands with them but can you see why I am so in love? Hello – are you listening to me?

Why aren’t you saying anything? You look like a rabbit caught in headlights.

The same applies when you send your draft out for initial review. You will become a little paranoid and start saying things like:

I know its a draft but you must be able to see its best seller potential?

I sent you my draft an hour ago have you not read it yet? Are you there? 

What was it that you enjoyed about my opening chapter? Sorry what did you say? You haven’t read my opening chapter yet? Why ever not? 

 

5. When showing off your new love interest to the world you may feel the need to promote / go on a bit about your new love interest’s other strengths. This you feel, will help the world see their true potential. 

You may find yourself saying things like:

They [new love interest] earn a mouth watering salary! (*wink*)

Their [new love interest] family has money (*air punch*)

They [new love interest] like to salsa (*loud sigh followed by faraway look)

The same applies with your draft story. When sending it out you may feel the need to promote / go on a bit about your draft story’s other strengths. This you feel, will help your reviewers see its true potential. 

You may find yourself saying things like:

I have created a brand new genre (*wink*)

Its like ‘Harry Potter’ but for adults (*air punch*)

Its pretty deep in places (*loud sigh followed by faraway look*)

 

So you see readers, sending out that draft for review is like introducing your new love interest to the world.

Happy writing and good look on showing off those new love interests! Sigh! 

 

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33 thoughts on “5 Reasons why sending out your draft for feedback is like going public with a new relationship #writers #writing

      1. drink some for me. Haven’t gone to bed yet and won’t be there for at least two more hours. I’ve got a mission and I’m bound and determined to meet this goal. 🙂

      2. Perfect. I should be done by Friday and I’ll probably get it to you Monday. I will hopefully have a chance to do one more read through of the whole thing over the weekend. GOALS goals goals. deadlines goals and deadlines. 🙂 THANK YOU!

      1. Oh! Well…where did you stop? Lol I totally was waiting on you to say “Hey Candice send my some new chapters. I am ready now.” I suppose this is the cue…Hmmm (shifty eyes) I can handle that soon. I was talking about my attempts at romance interest tho lol.

      2. Word! I will format my most recent fixings and send them to you before the end of your day…its almost 3am and I told myself I was going to bed before 2…guess that didn’t happen.

      3. Sigh…thank you. Don’t you just hate it when you miss your goals. Bucket list item: Get to bed at a decent hour. Yeah haven’t marked that off yet.

  1. My beta reader got mine back to me and didn’t cry where I did. Sigh. My editor expects it tomorrow(er, today)(it’s3am) so what am I doing on the internet?

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