Don’t Deliver Half-Baked Pizza

19 Sep

When your writing a novel its easy to get ahead of yourself. Especially when you have eager betas, and friends. People who want to read said novel. But, you don’t want to give them a half baked pizza to look over.

What am I saying here? I’m saying that your novel needs to be done to your complete satisfaction before you hand it over to betPizzaas. You don’t hand it over to betas because you don’t want to write another draft, or because they’re begging to read draft three instead of waiting for draft four. Just like you don’t deliver a half baked pizza because the customer is hungry or because your too lazy to finish making it.

The Pizza has to be finished. You only want to hand it over to friends/betas when you are completely sure that you have done all you personally can do to make it better. Even if that means breaking a few promises.

I for instance have been promising “The Shadows That Fell” to a few betas by December, but if I’m not happy with the manuscript in December (0r happy enough to not redraft without feedback) then the manuscript simply won’t be sent out.

I know that not sending it our will surely disappoint someone, but its better than them be disappointed by the actual writing. You want your betas to say “hey I had to wait a little while longer, but man that was good!” rather than “Gosh it was on time, but that was about all it had going for it!”

In other words don’t half bake manuscripts for your betas!


5 Responses to “Don’t Deliver Half-Baked Pizza”

  1. harmamae September 20, 2011 at 12:35 am #

    Agree with most of this, except for a possible scenario in which your pizza is completely baked, but you don’t realize it because you lack the confidence in it. Then you should just get over yourself and let someone *read* it, instead of hoping someday you’ll be so satisfied with it that it won’t scare you to show people…

    • nkeda14 September 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

      Yes, that is very true. I can see how writers can fall into that, but I’m not one of them. I suppose that is why I didn’t think of it. Usually I’m very open about my writing. Crappy or otherwise.

  2. juanvillagrana September 20, 2011 at 1:23 am #

    OMG this post totally reflects me. I’m so scared to show any of my MS to anyone because I’m not entirely satisfied with it, and it would feel very much like handing them something that was rushed into completion.
    Great post!

    • nkeda14 September 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

      Yeah, but you have to learn to let go of your manuscript. it will NEVER be perfect, and letting others read it can only make it better! see above comment 🙂

  3. gabriellan September 21, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    You’re so right. Handing your novel off too soon can also mean that your beta readers will be scared off. If they don’t think that you’re serious about your writing, then they won’t be very serious about it, either.

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