A couple days before Christmas, I received spot-on advice for revisions on my current work in progress. The reviewer was very complementary, but he also gracefully pointed out the story’s weaknesses. So, I’ve been diligently working on revisions since Christmas Eve and I’m now less than two weeks out from my goal of finishing the last of the edits.
It’s taken this long because I’ve been scouring the entire manuscript. I have no idea if the person offering feedback will ever realize it, but he did an amazing thing: he challenged me to be a better writer. Not that he said I wasn’t good – quite the contrary. He handed me some of the best compliments I have ever received. It was those compliments, coupled with a few examples, that made me see that I could be even better. I’m always trying to take that next step in my craft, and this person gave me a map. Regardless of what becomes of this manuscript, I’ll always be thankful.
It’s been a lot of hard work, but I’m pleased with how things turned out. The story is so much the better for the changes I’ve made. I’ve also learned so much from the experience.
Is there someone who has helped you reach your goal of becoming a better writer? Here’s your chance to give them a shout-out.
Thanks, J.M. My shout-out goes to you.