I love my crit partner.
She read THE ROAD TO HELL in one day. She got back to me immediately, highlighting the parts that she adored and worked very well, and putting a magnifying glass to those parts that didn't work so well.
We backed and forthed in email, played with some plot ideas, discarded others. After a false start, I got broadsided with an epiphany. I ran it by my crit partner. And she said it was fantastic.
And so I've been tweaking the draft. Next draft. Whatever it's called. Added 4,000 words, a new chapter, and moved one part of the story up to the front. I'm tightening the plot to make sure character motivation is clear...and that the plot is streamlined. And I really think this will kick me out of "character-driven" into "plot-driven." Small changes that add up to big-ticket items.
So hats off to the Devil's Advocate, my very own crit partner. If THE ROAD TO HELL works, it's all her fault.
Smooches, C.P. :-*