Do It Till It Hurts…

Critique Group was harsh this week. Well, not really but yeah, it kinda was. I’m in the editing phase of my WIP and feedback is part of the process.

Don’t get me wrong, they’re into the book. Everyone enjoys my characters and we have discussions about who’s doing what and why.

Adjectives, Adverbs and Setting the Scene

Adjectives, Adverbs and Setting the Scene

Here’s my dilemma…My name is Monica Gloria and I’m an adverb/adjective addict.

Yes, I’ll admit it. I absolutely adore pretty, descriptive words that add flavor, texture, and color. Now I’m not as bad as a 19th century novel, however; I can be a bit verbose. (Verbose is a great word, isn’t it?)

And yes, I know sometimes too much is just well, too much. So, being aware I have this issue, I keep their advice in mind while I’m editing and I thought I was doing better.

Unfortunately it wasn’t enough because my group is urging me to do more.

Hack/Slash By Tim Seeley

Hack/Slash By Tim Seeley

Butcher it, chop it down, and slice it to the bone! No mercy!

This might require medication.

Hey Mikey, they like it!

On Sunday, I attended my critique group. :cringes: Yeah, I feel this way every time I hit send. I know my grammar mechanics suck and my fears rear their ugly heads.

What if no one likes it? What if they don’t get what I’m trying to say? Oh my God…I might need therapy. Lucy-Therapist

I persevered and pushed on, my friends. Onward and forward, I hit send. :prays silently:

Don’t judge me because apparently it worked. They liked it, ha!

Of course, I was still taken to task about commas, exposition, point of views, etc. But they liked it. Then someone said the words every writer longs to hear and yet is terrified of, “I’m hooked, I want to know more.”

labyrinth_goblinsUh oh. Feelings of euphoria, excitement, nausea, and giddiness tightened their grip on my soul as little goblins of nervousness and oh crap danced around in my head.

A friend once told me it doesn’t get any easier. In fact, with each book it gets harder.

I’d like to take this moment to thank my hubby for having health insurance.