First reader review of the novel draft is in! And it’s generally positive!
True, it’s from a good friend of mine, who’s definitely biased. And yes, he had a list of suggested edits for me, from grammar mistakes to confusing descriptions to scenes that dragged on too long (all of which he’s right about). But overall he liked it, and he wants to read more.
Maybe it’s not as bad as I feared, after all.
Or perhaps it is, and he’s seeing past the mistakes to how good the novel could be, if edited into shape.
Either way, it’s encouraging for me to hear. If I can entertain one person with the first draft, I can entertain more with the second, and even more with the third. It’ll take work to get there, but this kind of validation, however biased it may be, makes me feel like it’ll be worth it.