Towards the end of the year I'd begun to feel it had some merit but you know how it is when you've been working on a draft for some... you lose sight of what the writing is like.
That's when it's essential to find some external feedback. But what do we need from this feedback?
First: positivity from the reviewer. Even if your draft needs a lot of work, they need to find something that you can build on.
Second: some practical suggestions on how to improve your draft and often they can be really simple things. It's just that being so close to the writing, you can't see them.
Third: some time scale for you. Most of us aren't that good at setting deadlines for our own work. But actually having some timeline is helpful because it makes you focus.
Scary yes but waiting for the inspiration to strike you won't get the work improved. Starting hurts sometimes and I've winced more than a few times at my writing. But once you begin, something takes over. Some inspiration and don't ask me where it comes from but it comes. As if some writing fairy is looking over your shoulder and says, 'hooray they're having a go, let's help them'.
We all need encouragement whatever our experience and whatever our situation and finding the right support for you is too important to let it just happen.
Investigate and see how you prefer to receive support. One to one, writing courses or creative groups. All have their merits and it often depends on your temperament as to which you prefer.
But support you need to thrive and improve as a writer.
Support for East Midlands Writers