Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Why I Need my Amazing CPs!!

I finally got back to my wip today, and it's a fantastic feeling to be writing again. Much as I enjoyed last week, I was becoming a bit frazzled around the edges at the prolonged absence from the computer!

The wonderful witches read through the first 70 odd pages of my current paranormal and sent back their crits last week. I was kind of stunned by the feedback. We've been cps for several years, and I can honestly say that in all that time I've never had such similar comments, noted in the identical paragraps, from the three of them. It was uncanny, and that's putting it mildly!

Thankfully it wasn't the plot they had problems with so much as the pacing. Strangely enough, I'd stalled on this one just before I sent it off to them but I couldn't put my finger on why I was finding it so hard to push forward. Their comments activated major light bulb moments and reassured me that, far from showing way too much of what was going on too soon, in fact I hadn't shown nearly enough. *Ahem* make that shown so little, they weren't at all sure what was going on at all!!!

Not only that, but it's also helped me to dig far deeper into my hero's psyche to discover what's making him tick, and hopefully this is going to help strengthen the core conflict with his heroine.

When I sent this off for critting, I went back to another (linked) para romance, but the suggested revisions on ms #2 have reignited my original excitement over this story - which is always a good thing - and I can't wait to tackle all the points raised.

I know not every writer wants or needs cps, but I definitely do need mine, and thank god they aren't shy about telling me straight when things aren't working for them!


Barrie said...

I agree. Good CPs are priceless. I <3 mine too.

Sandie Hudson said...

I actually get sick when I think of sharing my novel’s with someone else. I know I'm going to have to get over this at some stage but at the moment I'm just happily writing in my own little world. May be that’s why I keep having new ones pop into my head. It’s called fear. I hate being away from my computer as well.

Glad you got good remakes for your WIP.


Amanda Ashby said...

And your cps love you as well, Christina!!!!!!! Glad the lightbulbs are blinging for you and I can't wait to see what you do with this story because I love it!!!!

Christina Phillips said...

Barrie, they sure are. I don't know where I'd be without mine!!

Sandie, I know how you feel. It was a long time before I let anyone else look at my writing. I know I was very lucky to find the witches, but as Barrie said good cps are priceless. The hard part is finding cps that you really and truly click with.

Amanda, I have the feeling I might be shooting the first 3 chapters your way again in the near future...sorry!!!

Rachael Blair said...

I totally agree with you! I'm always amazed by what my CPs pick up and although I don't always like it... cos it means hard work... they're usually right!

Looking forward to meeting you at the RR.

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

I find constructive criticism so helpful especially when you've written something and know that it's not quite right but can't put your finger on it. A fresh pair of eyes can usually spot it quickly.

Sara Hantz said...

Can't wait to see the revisions. And you're a fabulous CP too..... even if you do make me put all that emotional stuff in my writing!!!!

Christina Phillips said...

Look forward to meeting you too Rach! Not long now!

Debs that's it exactly. And then it's like this huge PLING! and I think ack, why didn't I see that myself?!

Sara, we have Patwitch to thank for the Explaining of the EP!!!