I’ve been blessed with many supportive and encouraging friends and family. Many of whom have offered, asked, or begged to read my manuscript. A select few, I said ‘yes’ to, as beta-readers, but for the rest of you, I’m making you wait.
I want you to enjoy my book.
But Morgan, you say, I’m sure I’ll love your writing! Plus, I could be part of the process and that would be fun!
Yes, supportive friend, it would. But I want you to still be excited when I’m published.
Morgan, you don’t think I’d still be excited?
Friend, you can only read my story for-the-first-time once.
And I want you to travel the journey WITH Lilyen. If I let you read an earlier draft, you won’t be able to stop yourself from comparing it to previous versions. You’ll wonder why I changed [this] and why I didn’t fix [that]. I want you to enjoy the very best I can offer. When someone is working on a chocolate-chip cookie recipe and you get to try every batch, eventually, cookies are still tasty, but you’re not enjoying them, you’re stuck in Evaluation-Mode.
I don’t know, I really love chocolate-chip cookies.
Keep the excitement, just wait a little longer.