However, I asked a very nice writer to take a look at my first chapter and tell me what she thought. A fresh set of eyes would surely help me. My plan is to add another reader for each draft. That way, there will always be someone seeing it for the first time and therefore will catch things that the rest of us glance over.
Well, my new reader shed some light on something that I had completely overlooked. Emotion.
I don’t share my emotions easily in real life. Oh, I laugh and cry and get angry, but for the most part I internalize things. Come to find out, my master character did the same thing. It’s written from her point of view, but I failed to reveal her emotions. She doesn’t want everyone around to know how deeply she is hurting at this point in the story and I guess I just expected the reader to get it. I know. Rookie mistake.
My trusty notebook came in handy once again (it’s nearly full) as I sat down and channeled the character’s emotions and let them bleed over the pages. It drained me, but brought satisfaction as well.
I’m so grateful for my new reader’s input. She taught me a lesson and I’ve grown as a writer.