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Today I got some news that I have been eagerly awaiting. My Beta reader, Lynda read the manuscript of my book Not My Story To Tell. She came over to give me her impression, opinion and feedback. I chose Lynda for several reasons and wrote about that here. She offered some great advice and was complimentary. I have some minor errors to correct and will be fleshing out the story slightly but I am happy she liked the book and that it conveyed the message I am hoping my readers will embrace.
One thing she noticed is that I use the word “very” too much. Now that I’m aware of this I’ve deleted that word twice from this post as I am writing it. Constructive criticism is essential for writers. I will be forever grateful to know I make that error. I had repeated some events and I need to clean up my dialogue. She gave me some ideas where to scatter some parts of the story to offer reprieve as my story is “raw”. I’ve re-read the book and her advice is sound. I’m excited with the news I received today.