My New Adult book is into its third draft now. My only beta reader is Chris, my spouse, and I could do with two more for this important stage. He is not enjoying the book very much on a personal level, but whether he likes it is totally beside the point. I am asking for critique and identification of possible problems with plot, characterization, dialogue etc. Not to solve any found problems - that is my job. I am afraid for the time when I will submit this to agents! The dreaded pink slips could drown me. Yet, that is the reality of attempting to become an author. I know all this - but to have an instant success would be a dream come true.
Enough of dreaming. I already have the follow-up story in my head and have made notes. The next one will be better as I practice this craft more and more. It is consuming- it fills one with creativity and notions that I cannot keep up with on the keyboard. Notes and an outline are mandatory for me - could never wing this! I have been learning the skills from some excellent books on writing and Writers Digest is helpful. At the end of the day....just start writing!