Nail Nibbling Time…
That’s it! Thunder’s Alpha Copy is finished. Now it goes to my willing victims… no, I meant, gullible fools… no, I meant, favourite masochists… Of course, I really mean, my Alpha readers.
This will be the first time someone, other than me, gets to see the storyline. From my perspective this is exciting and scary in equal amounts. I’m deliberately reticent to discuss what I’m writing about, with anyone, until it’s done. So my Alpha readers have no idea what the story’s about. They get exactly the same as anyone else will: a blurb and a book. And, after twelve months of scribbling, I hope it works!
The Alpha reader’s job is to check the base draft for typographical mistakes and material plot-line flaws. They’ll confirm whether or not I need to do any substantial re-writing before I move on to a wider Beta Reading community.
So, how do I feel right now?
Well, pretty good actually. I took my same three objectives into the writing of Thunder as I did for Firebird: could I do it, would I get any fun out of it, and would anyone else enjoy it afterwards. The first two are a definite, ‘yes’. The last one…? Well, now I’ll find out…