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My Editor-in-training friend had given me feedback, not so positive, practical, needed and useful, yes, but not positive. Another friend had been enthusiastic about a synopsis and gave a thumbs up on several pages – before returning my manuscript and going back to her Nook. I’d been holding out for some ‘can’t put it down’ kind of enthusiasm. Being that this input did come from The Real World it didn’t quite reach that (as in nowhere near) but it contained words that launched me into the stratosphere (keep in mind I am easy to please, and therefore, easily launched). The feedback contained such heady words as seasoned writer, unique voice, intriguing premise AND when it sells… Hold tight, I need to engage in a few more back flips. Am back, sorry, this positive feedback stuff just hurtles me dangerously near the Ionosphere.
I would have embroidered the beautiful affirmation on a cushion, if I did that sort of thing. Instead I printed it out and keep it beside my computer to read and reread a few – hundred – times a day. I like to touch it. Now of course this positive input included many tips on what I needed to do to improve my writing, it pointed out my weaknesses and suggested several books that would help me overcome those problem areas. Details! Books about grammar and punctuation hover dangerously near bliss in The Glitter Globe. Bring. It. On. Love that stuff.