I did something different. I've been writing and suffering with one of my WIP's for a while now. I don't know why this particular WIP is so hard for me. Is it because I'm writing a genre I've never written before? Or is there something seriously wrong with this story?
I've never let anyone read my work until it's actually published, but now, I did something new. I found a few beta readers to read my WIP. I wanted to know if the storyline makes sense and if it draws the reader in.
One of my betas already got back to me with her impressions of the story. It's in a genre she normally doesn't read and I managed to pull her in. Yay for me! This beta is not only a published author but she's also an editor, so she pointed out a few things that will help me when editing it before subbing. It's great to get an editor's perspective on this.
My first beta experience wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. Not only did I learn some of my writing flaws, but I also got my writing confidence back. I can tackle this WIP!
Have you ever given your work to crit partners or beta readers? Does it help you?