Criticism is starting to trickle in, for more than just The Paladin actually, and I think it might be prudent to share my thoughts on it. I think that just about every writer has those moments where they think "Oh, jeez, I suck." And that's before people every set eyes on their work. Well, I'm having a few new betas looking over my novel and I did little one-shot table-top session with some friends that required a lot of research and writing. Both have been some good sources of constructive criticism.
I'd like that think that all writers are a little fragile when it comes to their work. If it wasn't for Jenna Moreci's tips and advice, I'd still be digging my toe in the dirt and avoiding eye contact while muttering, "Oh, yeah... I wrote a book. It's not that good." But you have to be proud of your work and that can help get you through the criticisms of beta readers and critiques.
I also got some good critiques on the play sessions I mentioned earlier. I've been played with the Extraordinary League rules that Dan Mulkerin adapted from the out-of-print Marvel Superhero System. I utilized it this weekend to play a game of "Where in the Multiverse is Carmen Sandiego." My group had fun, but the main advice was that perhaps something like this isn't suited for a one-shot. It needs a full arc to breathe, to allow players to do investigating and otherwise enjoy the full potential. Still... had lots of fun!
Should be back to regular posts tomorrow. In the meantime, remember... Be Excellent to Each Other.
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.