I know I mentioned a few days (weeks?) ago that I won Chimera Critique's first contest. The prize was a gift card (which I spent on Karin Lowachee's Gaslight Dogs and World War Z and promptly added them to my TBR pile (Karin Lowachee goes to the top though. OOH I hope it's half as good as War Child)). The secondary prize was a first chapter critique, which was awesome.
I did a quick line edit (super quick, just looked for passive voice, typos (of which there were many) easy to fix adverbs and adjectives etc)(also Palindrome and Teebore took a quick look as well) and then sent if off.
Then I hit my funk (which has now mostly cleared, which is good). They said it would take about two weeks but I got the first (of three) crits back in less than a week. How awesome is that?
I peeked at it and then promptly stashed it away.
Note to self: do not look at crits while in a foul mood. It will not help.
I knew I needed to sit on it to try and get some emotional distance. I planned on giving it 4-5 days but instead (after I had written my post about my funk) I decided to suck up and brave it.
As it turns out, reading the firs crit cured my funk immediately. I wish I had known that. I felt a little silly the next day reading about my funk when it had more or less gone away.
The crit contained a line edit (which looked terrible because as I've mentioned in the past I need around 3-4 line edits so 1 didn't cut it) But what was even better than the line edits (which were very helpful, don't get me wrong. They caught a few things I most likely wouldn't have noticed on my own) were the overall feedback paragraphs. What they liked, what they thought needed work.
They clarified a few things that I had questioned myself. For example, everyone loves MC Quill (I do too. She was really fun to write) but people don't love MC Fox as much, which is the pits because he's like THE MC. But I had already suspected that Fox needed some work and had come to a few conclusions how to zazz him up.
Also they helped clarify where they thought the hook was (it was where I suspected) and therefore helped me come to terms with a better way to start off.
Overall I was very very pleased with the crit.
If you're looking for a crit yourself, you should give them a try.
So now I feel like I'm back on track with the revisions. Let's hope I stay there.