And now you have the chance to do it!
During the 10K Novel-Building Challenge at ChapterBuzz, which starts March 1st, you’ll write 10,000 words and be able to get feedback from readers, who will tell you what parts they like, what might be unclear, and most importantly, how to make it even better.
In short, you won’t be sitting there wondering if readers will like your book…you’ll already know they do!
So what’s the best way to give and receive feedback?Here is some advice, from author Liberty Henwick, who won an award in the first-ever Challenge:
How to receive feedback:
- Have a thick skin and be willing to listen to the suggestions your readers make with an open mind, so that they feel at liberty to be completely honest. You don’t want them to hide the painful truths!
- Don’t take criticism personally, it’s not you but your writing that is being critiqued. It’s not unlikely that your work will need improvement—it will hardly ever be perfect the first time.
- You don’t have to take all advice on board. Sometimes you can stand by what you write if you feel strongly that there’s a good enough reason for it.
How to give feedback:
- Highlight any confusing passages and language that doesn’t make sense.
- Point out sections that are boring.
- Write down questions you have about the story so far that you’d like to see answered before the ending.
Feedback is very important, especially in the early stages of writing a novel. As a Challenge participant, you’ll be able to discuss your work all month with readers and fellow writers.
Join the rest of us as we write our novels in March! Enter the Challenge