I send the draft version of my novel to a chap I know only through our dealings on Twitter (we support the same football team). I had tweeted a few references to my story and he asked to read it, so I sent him my WIP. I advised him that, as a WIP, chapters are quite likely to move position in the timeline and new ones will be added in and amongst as I build the plot etc.
I have shown the draft to my wife (she loved it), daughter (not yet replied, too busy with hols, house buying, career etc!) and the ma in law has seen one chapter (wants to read more). The thing is, these three are family and have somewhat of a duty to be "nice", so I was very keen to get an opinion from someone that I barely know.
This chap took a few weeks to email me back but did so last night. Despite being very eager to read his thoughts, I saw his email and didn't open it for a few hours as I was quite apprehensive about reading his comments.
I eventually read his comments and am very relieved that he liked it, thought it intriguing and is eager to read more. PHEW!
I am going to take much confidence from his comments and try to crack on with getting more written ASAP:
"What an intriguing storyline."
"All in all the story has left me wanting to read on which is what I have found good page turners do."
And, especially this one.
"You clearly have a skill in writing and story telling."
Yes, I know this is a self congratulatory type of posting and I apologise for that. I do. Honest.