If you’ve been around Noveltea for any length of time, you’ve most likely heard me talk about When Life Hands You Lymes, which is my young adult novel I’ve been working on for the last three+ years.
The process of going through eighteen drafts with this book has taught me so much. I’ve read books about violins. I’ve learned how to accept huge amounts of critiques from beta readers. I’ve discovered how wordy I am when I write. I’ve delved deeper into how I come across to my readers and things I need to change about my writing style.
Needless to say, it’s been a very good experience for me. I sometimes wish I would have been able to get this type of feedback and learning done back ten years ago when I first started writing, in reality though I wasn’t ready for it back then.
One of my beta readers sent me a link to a song after they beta read my book along with this message: When I read the last chapter in Part 1, where Maddie gets diagnosed, I couldn’t help thinking how this song would make an awesome soundtrack for that part. Do you like Sara Groves? I’m confident that Maddie would.
Since then I’ve listened to that song dozens, possibly hundreds of times. Because the beta reader was correct: It is the perfect song for Maddie. And maybe it’ll be a good song for you, too.