Thursday, August 30, 2012
Too Many Hands In The Pot
Sometimes it's not good to get too much advice, too many opinions.
It muddies the water.
When I was pregnant, I got (sometimes unsolicited) advice on everything from natural childbirth to breastfeeding to baby names. And no matter my final decision, I never pleased everyone. I took the advice that resonated with me and left the rest. An exception might have been a warning that everyone told me to heed--that was something to pay close attention to.
It's the same with critiques of your manuscript, by betas or CP's. Too many critiques would mess with your mojo, let alone your brain. I think a good number is three, maybe even four. One to two might be too few, not enough diversity. Just depends.
Because what you need is enough of a difference of opinion to keep you on your toes and get you thinking. Enough to make you a stronger writer. One beta might focus really well on sentence structure, while another is good at story structure. Also, it helps to look for patterns, likes and dislikes in certain scenes, paragraphs, sentences.
Learn to listen, and not listen, suck it up and say enough is enough. It's your book, your writing, your baby. Stay true to yourself while learning to bend. Easy peasy, right? O_o