My favorite reader and I sat down and discussed the current manuscript draft. He brought up several kinds of issues. Most of these I agreed needed fixing.
- Fairly easy name issues: Some names are inconsistent, so I’ll want to make those are all correct and as non-confusing as possible. Additionally, two characters have similar names, even if it doesn’t come up often. I should rename one.
- Prose issues: I have some language tics that can make the prose confusing. Also, I should use more French.
- Emphasis issues: There are things I bring up early on but it’s not clear at all why they could be important.
- Issues I am not sure how to fix yet: There’s a character who doesn’t have an arc, and a few other things like it.
- Issues I’m not sure if I agree with: I’ll wait on my other reader’s feedback and quiz her on these (as neutrally as I can). They concern some world details and other ambiguities.
I am so thankful for his feedback. He enjoyed the novel, so I consider it a success already. Writing is interesting in that people have wildly different success metrics, even for the same author. Example: I believe success is making this manuscript something I and John would enjoy reading. Mom thinks success for me would be selling lots of copies. I’d rather not take that kind of pressure, thank you.