I’m still working on my thriller, but it is coming along a little slower than I would like. The good news is, I think it’s better than I expected at this point in time. I know that sounds negative, but because I joined thenextbigwriter.com I have had such great editing from other members, I’m way ahead in my first drafts.
The members are helpful and make great suggestions. I don’t always use them all, as sometimes I fell like my version is better. They do correct grammar at times, but most stick to suggestions for sentence structure, flow, plot, character development, theme and how interesting the story is. Since my manuscript, “The Hanging Girl” is a mystery/thriller, I’ve received several suggestions on how to make it more exciting and create tension.
The site is free to join, but to fully participate you pay a small amount monthly or an annual fee of I believe $69.00. There are different groups within the main group, so if you are writing a YA novel or non-fiction or anything else, you can join a group just for that genre. I think it’s a valuable ally to have.