Yesterday I finished reading a friend's full. It's a gorgeous novel, beautiful and poignant.
You know those moments when you stop to look at what you're doing, and you like what you see?
It's huge, really, to be a critique partner or a beta. And those moments, like the one I had yesterday when I finished reading a manuscript that feels like a book and deserves to be a book...they're so special. Reading an excellent pre-book is like getting to know the star of a big movie before it's released, before the trailer is even in theaters. But you're in on it, and you know what's going on.
It inspires me to know my friend, someone like me, created that manuscript. I'm touched she trusted me with it and asked for my thoughts. I'm excited to be a writer. I'm happy this is what I do.