Motivation

“How many people read your books before you submit them? What kind of feedback do you ask for?”

I’m one of those people who can’t ever be satisfied with their work. I can agonize for what seems like forever over a single sentence that I don’t like. So I appreciate all the help I can get.

In the past I had more help than I do now. Before I retired a friend of mine who’s an English teacher read everything I wrote. She was very good at cleaning up punctuation, spotting places where I left out words or used a wrong word, etc. Since I retired we don’t see each other as much as we once did because she’s still teaching. She only has a few years to go, and I can’t wait to get her back.

In the meantime several family members have stepped up for me. One is my husband. He reads a book totally different than I do. He reads every single word while I sometimes get in a hurry and miss some details. He always spots inconsistencies in punctuation and the plot. He also expresses his opinion on the characters. We prefer different types of main characters so I need someone else also.

That second person is my son Steve who’s a talented writer himself. Honestly, he’s better than his mother! When Steve reads he’s able to look at the overall picture and see if everything works together to make a cohesive, compelling story. He also has a fine sense of pacing.

And that’s about it at the moment. I’d love to have a few more readers, but at this time I don’t. I’ve considered an online group, but I just haven’t followed up on it. Maybe this post will give me some motivation.

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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7 Responses to Motivation

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    “When Steve reads he’s able to look at the overall picture and see if everything works together to make a cohesive, compelling story. He also has a fine sense of pacing.”
    That’s EXACTLY what I want and need. Maybe you can get Steve to hire himself out…

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  2. How wonderful that you have PROPERLY supportive friends and family.Mine run in opposite directions. My post on Friday will give examples of what I mean.

    Like

  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Looks like you have the perfect combination: one person to look for the mechanical errors and another person to look for the overall picture. Lucky you!

    Like

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