There are eleventy-million reasons why I love my critique partners and beta readers. They are always full of useful ideas and suggestions and corrections that make my writing stronger and better. But the biggest reason I love my CPs is when they come up with a solution to a problem I've been struggling with. And yesterday, my gorgeous, wonderful CP, solved the huge plot problem I was having with my book.
You know the one? I've been agonizing over it for weeks. I rewrote the chapters involved five times in 3 weeks and still wasn't happy. Yeah, that one.
My CP read the chapters and with one line, managed to solve the entire problem. I couldn't believe I hadn't thought of it myself! It was so simple. And it will make the ending even more effective. Not to mention I can cut two whole chapters out which will give me an extra 3-4K to play with later on in the book.
I'm so relieved! I spent four hours last night tweaking and cutting and playing to make this new direction happen, and I'm surprised at how easy it has been. And I know the book is that much stronger now!
If I get a good day's writing in tomorrow, I should still be on track to finish the draft by the end of the week.
How much do you love your CPs? Give them a shout out in the comments!