NaNoWriMo Day # 8: Sharing Can Help Move Your Story in the Right Direction

Are you starting to wonder if your story is actually any good?  I mean we all have confidence in the stories that we start to formulate but if we are honest with ourselves there are many moments within the construction of our novels where we start to question all the little details that stick out to us like a sore thumb.  What we need is someone else’s eye (or ear) to read (or hear) the story we are developing so they can tell us that it’s great.  Or at least so that if it’s not great you can know before you get too far along and then you can fix whatever problems exist within the story.

Now of course because it’s National Novel Writing Month you are not supposed to go back and edit your story but there’s nothing saying that you can’t join a writer’s group (or forum) and share your work with other writer’s.  That way you can present some of what you are working on, parts that you may want some input on, and get a reader’s perspective on what is working and what might not be working for them.  If they do have suggestions you can jot down notes of what to go back and fix once November is over but you can also make notes on where you might want to go with the story from that point on.

Sometimes talking over your story with others who are not biased towards your story one way or the other can help you see it from a different angle.  It can also help you to gauge whether your story will be well received by readers and you are on the right track or if you need to consider taking your story in a different direction during your editing phase.  I personally have always wanted to join a writing critique group but have always been unable to find the right one.  If you are looking to join a writing forum online there are plenty that you may be able to find through the NaNoWriMo website.  Hope your stories are going well and keep up the good work.  If you find yourself starting to procrastinate, Stop That!  Get back to work!

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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  1. I had a good friend read through what I had up to now. She’s very honest and so gave me great feedback which I needed.

    • Jackie,

      I am glad that you have that kind of support system in place to help you along with your story. Good luck with the rest of your novel.


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