I put the first chapter of my current work in progress up on critique circle (great website… no complaints). I didn’t expect much. I wasn’t even sure how I felt about the chapter yet.
It wasn’t the original first chapter. I had started the book further along in the story line but then decided that it needed more backstory to have it make sense. So this new first chapter happened. I wrote it pretty quickly. Didn’t edit it. Did one brief pass through to make sure I didn’t have any embarrassing errors but honestly went in expecting that there would still be a couple in there somewhere.
And then I forgot that I had put it up for critique.
True story. It’s always a little time delayed. This wasn’t too bad actually. A week I think? But hey life is busy, there are kids. So anyways I forgot. But luckily I am one of those people who keep 50 million tabs open at all times. Seriously. It might be a problem.
Then one day while tied to the couch by a fussy infant I clicked on the tab. And guess what. I had critiques. And not just one. I had 4 (I ended up with 6 by the time it was all said and done). Even stranger. They all liked it. Like really liked it.
To which my reaction was two fold. 1. Wow that is awesome. 2. Holy sh*t what if chapter two sucks.
So. Of course I went though and started to improve chapter 2. Because clearly now the stakes are higher 🙂