Sorry this post is a bit late. I was at an account that let me onto the internet for exactly ten minutes today...and, of course, my boss won.
I've been told timing is everything in life. Well, to an actor on stage trying to hit a mark or deliver a line with just the right punch, yes, I guess it is. Timing is also crucial to the success of a book. Now I know that Lill would never say this but I've been told by other editors never to keep secrets from readers. But what if you believe holding onto certain information will give your readers that extra WOW, if you do?
Boy, have I struggled with this one.
And that's when I turn to the people I trust the most (and it ain't my hubby). I turn to my critique group.
Everyone has some kind of network built up. You have to. Otherwise, it's your mother telling you you're the best writer since Hemmingway or it's your friend who loves to read the really hot parts but wouldn't know point of view if it bit (her/him) in the ass.
So what do you do?
First, you ask. You may get five different answers/opinions from five different people but you ask them anyway. Second, you listen. None of them may be right but don't dismiss them right away. Third, you incubate (sorry, scientist day job). Consider their ideas. What have you got to lose? Nothing except some of your time. What have you got to gain? A new perspective that might just be the key to making a superb book simply outstanding.
One of the treasures of having critique partners is sharing insight. They can see what you might not. They can give you a completely different twist to the problem you're having. They can point out the painfully obvious yet unlock a floodgate of creativity.
So what do you think? Can a critique group help you achieve the timing you're looking for? Can they help you create a better book?
I believe I never would have gotten where I am in my writing career without my critique group.
What about you?