After reading through your manuscript to make sure there are no glaring grammatical errors, your plot and sub-plots are plausible, facts are correct, and your characters have maintained their appearances. In other words, your protagonist’s hair didn’t change colour between pages 10 and 43, you decide to read through it just one more time. This is when you might fall into the trap of tinkering with sentences that don’t sound quite right and/or paragraphs that could use some improvement.
I put my hand up. I have been guilty of such behaviour. So now when I see a bout of it coming on I know it’s time to send it off to be read by a fresh pair of eyes. These eyes belong to my professional assessor. And invariably, she sees things that I didn’t notice because I have become too close to this story. Of course, sending to an assessor can be confronting and brings us to the question.
Are you ready to be criticised?