First of all, I've never been one to share my writing. I wrote five novels before the age of 17 and it's only in the past six months that I've actually let people read them. In fact, David Levithan and the Scholastic Editorial Board were the first to look at any of my work, back in April when I submitted to the PUSH Novel Contest.
I thought receiving critique would be difficult for me. Like all writers, I become emotionally invested in my efforts, and thus criticism becomes personal no matter how hard I try to distance myself. I've been pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to work with critique partners. I may not always agree with what they say, but in the end we both want the same thing: to make our books the best they can be. So here's a shoutout to all the people who have read my work so far:
Liz Whelan, who read the first, completely unedited draft of my WIP. Thanks so much for putting up with the initial suckage!
Ali Cross, Liesl Shurtliff, Sarah Johnston, and Kathleen, my first set of beta readers. I haven't gotten your comments back yet, but I'm sure they will be awesome and incredibly helpful.
I am thankful for my CP's!!!
P.S. College applications are kicking my ass...seriously, I think I'm mentally slow or something because I do not understand common app. My English teacher laughed at me yesterday for asking stupid questions about transcripts.