Monday, May 24, 2010
I sent my latest work to a fellow writer for some feedback. She gave me her honest opinions, some good, some not so good. So now the question is, what do I do about it?
She didn't like the beginning, in fact made a comment that if she was reading for fun, she would have stopped already. Hmmm, I think the beginning needs more work.
However, the comment was related to the fact that she didn't like my out of sequence start. She felt it was confusing. The reason that I did it that way was so that I could get the story going with some action, I didn't have to do a huge info dump.
I read one of her stories (which was great) and she tended to set things up more linearly than I do, so I'm thinking it could be a taste thing. But what if it's not? What if the beginning really is confusing to most readers?
I'm trying to take that into account, while I try to process the rest of the comments.
The good news was that once she got to page 60, she really got into it, and couldn't put it down until she had finished it a day later. The comments at the end were that it was a great story.
So what do I do with the comments? I think I need more feedback. I have a couple of other readers that are making their way through it, but their progress has been really slow. Does that mean something? I don't know. It could be as they tell me, that they have been extremely busy. It is getting near summer after all.
So I have received some pretty good feedback, but I'm struggling a little as to what to do with it.
I'll wait for the other two readers before I make any changes, but right now feedback seems to be one of those things that is like "be careful what you wish for".
How about you? Have you ever received feedback that you didn't know what to do with?