One of These Things is Not Like the Other



I finally let Hubbykins read my whole manuscript, and he finished it in two nights, which was heartening in itself.  With me sitting near him pretty much the whole time, I got a running commentary.  I realized he's the first guy who's read the story.  Quite interesting, the male perspective.  The things he focused in on were primarily plot details and repetitive phrases.  Also, how the love interest would really be feeling about the situation he found himself in.  Most of the (female) critiquers who have read the story have zeroed in on emotional reactions and depth.

My favorite comment of his, halfway in: "You're not going to pull a LOST on me, are you?  I'm going to be mad if I don't get answers until the last page and they're not even satisfying."

He reassured me after finishing that I did not pull a LOST.


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12 comments:

  1. Ha! (My hubby and I are currently obsessed with Lost on Netflix!) It IS interestin hear how the male perspective differs. Most critique groups I've been in have been female only.

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  2. How awesome of your hubby to read it and give you the male perspective! (We're LOST addicts too and felt the same BTW).

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  3. That whole last season...I was like, "HOW can they be coming up with NEW questions???"

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  4. Brave! I still haven't let my husband read my wip. I've never let him read anything!! He is my worst critic and he means that in a wonderfully loving and helpful way. But he also gives me a hard time for loving Legally Blonde...so I hesitate. Not that my work is anything as cheesy as legally blonde...but I digress.

    I LOVE the title of your blog! :)

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  5. The difference is interesting. I think it's great that he read your manuscript and gave you feedback. Mine says he won't until it's a finished (I'd send it to an agent or editor) project.

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  6. I am sooo jealous. I've been nagging my husband to read my book for over a month now, and it's completely finished and has been sent to agents already.

    Every writer out there, be grateful for the readers in your life! They're not always easy to come by. >:( That's supposed to be an angry emoticon...

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  7. My hubby feels like it is better for him to not read my stuff. Then he doesn't have to worry about possibly hurting my feelings or something like that. I'm sure I have developed a thicker skin than he realizes. Oh well.

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  8. That's awesome. Sounds like he's a great little beta to keep around!

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  9. He sounds like a real keeper. And, we have MATCHED here ... a very fun read. Good luck to all in that contest and happy almost weekend to you!

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  10. I let so few people read my stuff at the moment that it's hard for me to say I've gotten a wide range of perspectives. Although, it's interesting to get an older audience's view (my mom) and a younger audience's view (best friends). Hurray for you not pulling a "Lost"! That deserves a cookie.

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  11. That's awesome that your husband is willing to read and give you feedback. My husband is great about that too and has no problem telling me when my boys are acting like girls. :)

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  12. Yay! Hubbykins is a Keeper! Book is a keeper! Must be time to let it fly the nest ~~~~~

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