Another good crit round under our belts!
Participants: Was this a good experience? Newbies: Did this live up to your expectations?
I know it was a toughie. It's hard for a reader to understand that a character's emotional response is over-the-top if we haven't gotten to know the character first. So yes, it was challenging. I think that the main take-away--at least for me--was the level of believability despite not knowing the character well.
Yes, I participated. Mine was number 45. (If you follow me on Twitter, you already knew this.)
So now I get to share my personal Drop the Needle experience! Honestly, I was thrilled that my dialogue was, overall, believable. Dialogue has been a huge struggle for me, and I've come a long way since my first novel. (A long, long, way. You don't really want to know.) It thrills me to see readers "believing" my dialogue from the get-go. It's been a long journey!
And yes, this is a first draft--from my now-halfway-finished YA novel. So the editing comments were right on track; things that need to be tightened and fixed when I go back and rip the whole stinkin' thing apart.
I especially appreciated the feedback on the final paragraph, for which I was admittedly "out of my comfort zone" in writing. How to do an effective, well-paced fight scene? I'm obviously still learning. Your critique is invaluable--thank you so much!
As for Monday: Please remember that the submission window will be open for the full 24 hours, so you don't have to sit for countless minutes with your trembling index finger poised above your mouse. And you don't have to set your alarm for two in the morning if you're in an "off" time zone. (Well, "off" for me. Certainly not "off" for you, since you, yanno, live there.)
I will draw 50 submissions using a random number generator after submissions close on Tuesday.
After that, I'm going to post a surprise. *grin*
So have a wonderful weekend! And like every Friday, I look forward to reading your comments in today's box.