ZOMG→ Oh my gosh!
CPs→ Critique Partners
I've listened to so many of you rave about your CPs and how much they've helped you in your writing journey. Secretly, I was always thinking one or both of the following things:
1) No way, no how am I comfortable sending off my writing to somebody I've never actually met.
2) Is it really necessary to have a CP? I mean, I'm the one who wrote the story. I'm the one who knows what happens. CPs will just force me to change stuff I don't want to change, blah blah blah.
[Insert giant raspberry sound]. But what was really my underlying problem? → In a word, FEAR. I was terrified to find a CP and send them my WiP, because "ZOMG, my writing probably sucks!" And if my writing sucks, they're going to criticize it, and I'm going to have to change everything... You get the idea. It's that first humongous step you take, putting yourself and your work out there.
ZOMG! IT'S NERVE-WRACKING.
Enter Elodie and the really useful suggestions she's already given me. We've swapped just the beginning of our stories, but already I can tell that this is going to be good for both of us. I'm enjoying her WiP, and vice versa. And not only is Elodie's advice helping my writing, critiquing her story is helping my writing too. I'm really happy I stopped being a chicken and took that plunge.
And you know what? My story doesn't totally suck! ☺
* * *I've enjoyed this A to Z Challenge immensely, but I'm also kind of relieved that I won't have to blog every single day anymore. It's going to be quiet on the blog for the next three weeks because we're headed to Scotland the day after tomorrow—ZOMG! That came up quick. But, I'll be back, and I'll have fun pictures and stories to tell. If you're looking for blogging prompts for the month of May, you should check out Blog Me MAYbe. It's a Monday—Friday blog schedule with really great topics.
P.S. This will quite possibly be the last time I ever use ZOMG or other text-speak. Just. Can't. Do. It.