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I'll also have a spot for the 31st please, pending space.

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This is so cool! I’m new here. I read the “how it works” and stuff and hoping to get on board once I’m back from our vacay in June. I’m new to forums too. (A little intimidated, not gonna lie), but I’m plunging forward anyway. See you hopefully in two weeks. Thanks, whoever runs this. 

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I’d also like a slot for the upcoming Monday if there is space

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So even though I did a good job of buckling down to finish my chapter edits as soon as I got home from vacation, Life decided to hit us over the head with a sack of bricks on Wednesday.  So for my own sanity, I am probably going to have to back out of submitting this week. It's close, but it's just not going to be where it needs to be by Monday. 

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Sorry to hear that, @C_Vallion. Hang tough!

Hi there, @mishmash55. You are in the right place :). 16 alpha readers!! Whoa, that's a lot. Quick suggestion, you might consider saving some of these until you start subbing here. With the best will in the world, people who love you are less likely to you what they actually think. We have no issues with that, because it's what you need ;)

Also, @kais and @Ace of Hearts for Monday, so far.

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I would like a slot for Monday too, please!

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On 5/27/2021 at 4:43 PM, mishmash55 said:

This is so cool! I’m new here. I read the “how it works” and stuff and hoping to get on board once I’m back from our vacay in June. I’m new to forums too. (A little intimidated, not gonna lie), but I’m plunging forward anyway. See you hopefully in two weeks. Thanks, whoever runs this. 

I don't know if this actually helps or not, but you're definitely not alone in feeling intimidated at the start. After sending in my first submission I was so nervous I had trouble sleeping. Writing and editing are difficult and personal processes, and it's normal to feel nervous about various aspects of it, especially getting feedback. :) 

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Thank you ❤️ I read my manuscript to my family out loud and it needs a lot of help. Discouraging actually, but also glad I did it. You submitted! How did it go? 

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Adding @RedBlue to the roster of confirmed submissions for Monday :)

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On 30/05/2021 at 3:34 PM, mishmash55 said:

Thank you ❤️ I read my manuscript to my family out loud and it needs a lot of help. Discouraging actually, but also glad I did it. You submitted! How did it go? 

That takes some guts. Well done. The critical thing to remember is that the comments you get here, even if the seem harsh, are coming from place of wanting to help, of having gone before you into this sort of arena and opening up to the scrutiny of your peers (in the sense of beginning writers. If you ever feel that comments go too far, or cross over into the personal, don't hesitate too message @Silk, or myself. Given the present crew though, I'd be surprised if that were the case.

Editing is hard, recognising and accepting there are faults with what you spent hours and hours creating is hard. Ask questions, ask for clarification if you need it, and don't feel that you can't ask for support. That is kind of what this is after all, a big old support group for folks trying to do the same thing, tell the story they want to the best way they can.

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13 hours ago, mishmash55 said:

Thank you ❤️ I read my manuscript to my family out loud and it needs a lot of help. Discouraging actually, but also glad I did it. You submitted! How did it go? 

Not going to lie the feedback was a lot to take in at first but I'm glad I did it. The first step is always the hardest one. :) I can't speak for others but what's been most helpful for me is to be confident (but not overconfident, of course). When I have no confidence at all it's easy to feel overwhelmed and give up, but when I think "okay there's a lot of stuff here that needs improvement based on comments but there's also a lot of cool stuff that can shine when I get those fixed up," it's a bit easier for me to edit.

Still working on my mentality, though. Never-ending cycle. :) 

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Another thing to consider is to go in knowing that there will be stuff that is 'wrong', or not working, or inconsistent. This is not meant to be defeatist, but no one writes a good first draft. I think Brandon says that he generally writes three drafts, if I remember correctly, and that is someone at the top of his game, very experienced, and very talented to begin with.

Judging what feedback to take is another tricky thing, but to some extent can be dealt with logically. If ten people read your stuff and nine mention pacing (for example), then pacing would pretty much certainly be an issue, but if only one person mention pacing then maybe just need to set that comment aside and stick to your guns. However, if only one person mentions something, but you agree with the comment then change it by all means, because it's your work, and needs to work for you.

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I would like a slot for Monday, please. 

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Posted (edited)

I'd also like a slot for Monday if there's space

Edit - just did a word count and its 6,400 words. Anyone mind if I go over this week? I'll try to trim tomorrow before subbing but its a fairly event-heavy chapter

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17 hours ago, kais said:

I'd also like a slot for Monday if there's space

Edit - just did a word count and its 6,400 words. Anyone mind if I go over this week? I'll try to trim tomorrow before subbing but its a fairly event-heavy chapter

It looks like only you and @RedBlue for Monday so I'd say you're good to go if nobody has any objections.

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If it's not too late, I'd like to jump in for Monday with a revision/merge of what had been chapters 2 and 3.  I want to get rough impressions of whether I've gotten that more on track before I submit the new chapter next week, since the new chapter will directly follow this one and things end in a slightly different place than they had before.  It will probably end up around 5,500 words once I've finished my streamlining readthrough this evening. 

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Are there any places left for an itinerant fox? 

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I would like a slot for Monday, too. 

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I would like a slot for Monday if there's room. 

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On 6/11/2021 at 11:22 AM, Majestic Fox said:

Are there any places left for an itinerant fox? 

You bet. So far we have you, @RedBlue and @C_Vallion for tomorrow.

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I would like a slot for tomorrow please. 

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I'd also like a slot for tomorrow, please. 

Apparently the post I tried to make yesterday didn't go through on mobile.  Glad I checked back again.

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