Yeah, MommyHawk, do let us know...I guess I would rather take the feedback from a bunch of honest, avid readers and then try to figure out what to do with it, technically, than try to take the advice of a lot of well-meaning writers with divergent opinions. Does that make sense? I mean, most people reading the book will not be writers themselves, so...maybe a single writer as mentor, maybe two, is enough? God knows, once agent and editor are involved, you have a slew more changes (or at least opinions) to consider.
I have issues with allowing others to read my writing. I know, weird, as I am a professional writer. I have worked years in editing/publishing, and now I write for advertising and marketing. I crank out copy in just about any format, with shorter deadlines than even I can believe, and get great feedback from some crazy big names...and yet, when I write for art's sake, it's a whole other feeling.
I need to get over myself.
Took my kids to the children's museum yesterday and brought my laptop. I worked on some freelance stuff I am helping a friend with, and when I ran out of notes for that, I wrote another 1000w on my novel.
I am tying my writing to my exercise goals for the year. I let my weight slide back after losing 100 pounds a few years ago, so I have concrete, tangible diet and exercise goals because I know they will lead to success again. So, because I know I will achieve that goal, I am trying to affix the other goal to it. If I can set aside the hours in the day to exercise, then I can set aside the hour in the day to write. And it will be done.
As for characters, mine are really made up and my story is not one I know specifically to have actually happened to anyone. But I have overheard conversations and watched family dynamics that led me to imagine this plot, and I am inserting various characters of people I know in my own life...but most of these characters are people who have passed away. So I don't worry about a libel suit.