So I thought I’d take a moment and update you on my WIP (work in progress). Woven is the title of the novel I wrote waaay back in November 2011. It’s kinda my baby (actually it’s TOTALLY my baby) and up until just recently I was like a protective mama bird not letting my little birdie out of the nest.
In fact I was so completely obsessed with protecting and preening Woven, that I was doing it a major disservice. MAJOR.
I was losing perspective. No scratch that. I LOST perspective. I fell out of love and turned into an overbearing mama. I began critiquing everything. Even the characters I used to love began to seem seriously inadequate.
My lovely friends kept asking to read Woven. I kept putting them off.
It’s not ready. Wait till it’s ready!
But I started to feel as though it would never be ready because I couldn’t figure out which parts were really crap and which parts just seemed to be crap because I had lost perspective.
During one of my weekly coaching sessions (Yes, I’ve hired my own coach because coaches are awesome! 🙂 ) I realized that I actually needed to let my little birdie out of the nest. I had to see how it would fly, so that I’d be able to guide it better. Because really, how can you critique something on its performance when it hasn’t had a chance to shine?
With a stomach full of butterflies (or in this case itty bitty birdies) I emailed two of my friends and asked if they would read my novel.
Of course they were more than willing to read it. I seem to recall responses that included multiple !!!! I did one last quick read through, attached it to an email with a lengthy I-know-it’s-not-perfect message and hit send.
So now my novel is out there. My little birdie left the nest and it trying to fly.
Can’t wait to hear how it did! 🙂