Got the review of Red Star back from Raindance... Ouch!
My Aston aspirations are on hold for a while based on this critique, at least if I hope to buy one from selling a script.
The first reaction is a bit like a punch in the gut - Oomph.
Next, a creeping feeling of actually being really crap, especially on a re-read where the comments all make sense.
This is followed by: "been here before, surely I can salvage it?" Which vies with "What are you even thinking of? You're rubbish".
Eventually, my optimistic nature kicks in and my sub-conscious starts processing the comments in a positive way, working out how to incorporate them into the story.
Thing is, without a good reading circle to bat ideas off, and without friends or relatives (in the industry and prepared to be on hand for edits) the professional critique process is invaluable and really helpful.
Bless Raindance, their comments are spot-on, and they NEVER actually say "You're rubbish", AND they point out all the bits they like at the beginning ...in quite a short paragraph.
Cuppa and fags on hand now, ready for the re-write.
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