I recently printed out the first 28 pages of my 165-paged (so far) novel to begin editing what I have. I decided to do this because I am writing the second half of the novel for National Novel Writing Month 2014. (If you don’t know what this is, please check out the website here: nanowrimo.org) I think that if I edit the hell out of my first half, my inner editor won’t mind my sloppy NaNo draft because it was able to get a good workout and it will need a nice month-long break.
So, I printed it out at school on the newspaper room printers because its really the only printer at school I know how to use efficiently. But I should have known that printing it off at school would get me into a new situation. People would naturally want to read it.
Now, for the past few years I have kept my writing largely to myself. Sure, I publish stuff here on my blog and in the school newspaper, but I usually write those short stories or articles for that purpose. My novels are like children who need protecting at every given moment.
But, I decided to let my friends read my first two chapters. What does it hurt after all? Who knows, maybe they will even suggest some things or find my dreadful mistakes and NaNoisms.