I considered ignoring it until later in the day, once I was home from meeting up with the Nottingham RNA Chapter, but I gave in and had a quick look through.
It was worse than I'd expected.
Sharing my angst with the chapter members when we met up, I received sympathetic advice and helpful suggestions. Lunch and a glass of wine later, I had a more positive frame of mind.
Following one of the helpful suggestions I received, to print it out and go through the report with different colour highlighters, I could see the positives not just the negatives.
Many of the major points raised in the report I'd
And the synopsis, let’s not go there...
There were a handful of positives, which gives me hope that with hard work I can improve the manuscript. But it will take time and thought.
Having learnt from this year's submission and report, I will apply that to another first draft I have waiting.
No, I'm not giving up on this story. I knew there was still plenty of work to do on it, along with the additional research points that popped up as I'd worked on the draft. But for now I need a short break away from it.
Getting it right is never easy...