Not yet. i dont have such person at this time. can you be one?(laugh)
Almost always with my husband although it is sometimes difficult to get him to be impartial.
I used to but now just put them aside and go back a few days later with a new listening. That critic doing the listening always knows where to go next.
No, just write on instinct or I work with my collaborators.
Depends. If the work is commissioned, yes. Otherwise, I decide on a case by case basis.
With my Plevitskaya book I read out segments in the Writers'Group and took some of their comments on board. But beyond that, I had worked to other people's drums for a long time, so I wanted it to be mine, MINE alone, except for a proofreader. With English not being my first language, I always knew that needed to happen, although it did not look good for a while. But I got lucky.
I could not share drafts because I had replaced the names Plevitskaya, Rakhmaninoff, and Skoblin so that the idea would not leak as it were. But I always knew that the book would read differently with the real names.
In the screenwriter's course I had some suggestions which I will not describe more closely.
If I ever get to write another book (I have to finish the translation of my Plevitskaya book first) I would make the decision whether or not I would share a draft. Rough drafts I would probably not share at all.
Yes, I share with those I trust. I take what I need and feel comfortable with and thank them for the rest :)
Share now thatís funny! you mean like Lime wire share, or like rip out your heart and wipe your feet on it share, that you do when you go to tell your girlfriend you want to start being serious and you see her kissing another man in her doorway share.
Definitely. My daughter Shawna has always read my stuff and she is a relentless editor. I call her the Queen of Continuity. Don't let the studly hero be 6'2" in chapter two and 6'3" in chapter seven or she'll throw a fit.
I have a friend at work, a guy named Steve and he is completely honest about my writing. He's not a relative--kinfolk almost have to like your stuff, don't they? He's not a writer, either. Some writers might be afraid to tell you what they really think, while others let it all hang out. Each has their own agenda. Not Steve. He reads it, he tells me what he likes and what he doesn't like and he is usually right.
No . . .
I have several beta readers, a group which commonly sees my first drafts and various other partners who see subsequent drafts.
Sometimes I let my older sister see what I have written if I have gone over it a few times. I wouldn't show her the very first draft of anything because that's always the part that needs the most work.
Oh yes. Two of my closest friends, Christ Maclean and Eric Cho, are privy to the hundreds of rough drafts I have yet to submit. I know that I can always bounce an idea off of them and receive great feedback.