This rewrite has really felt like climbing Mount Everest. I can see the Summit. I really can. But getting there? LOTS of climbing.
Each base camp represents one of my critiques. The oxygen = notes. I make my stops overnight, gather my notes and trudge on up to the next level. That group of rewrites gets done and I have to stop for more notes. I can't make it to the top without them. Well, I could, but I would be hallucinating thinking it was much better than it was. Those notes are crucial.
But I'm not in this alone. I'm hiking with a group. We're tied to each other and committed to making sure we get there. We can learn from those who have gone before us - successfully.
Elana Johnson has some great advice here and here.
Laini Taylor helps here and here as well!
The great thing about climbing Everest is that others have done it before us. Those who are full of the awesome we seek to find are very, very generous with their advice.
But at the end of the day, WE are the ones who must make it to the summit. They can only advise. Our critique groups can only offer us notes. They can't finish the book for us.
We have to keep the summit in sight, keep on trudging till we reach it and thrust that flag in!
How is your writing going? Are you trudging along or making great gains? Passing those base camps and just heading straight for that summit?
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