Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

My First Critique (Part 1)


Recently I won a 10 page critique by a published author who I admire and respect.  My first reaction was excitement.  Someone who knows writing was actually going to read the first ten pages of my book.  My second reaction was panic.  Someone who knows writing was actually going to read the first ten pages of my book ~ gulp.  I started feeling sick to my stomach, a normal reaction to things I fear since I was a child.

The more I thought about the critique, the sicker I felt.  In reality, this particular piece wasn’t ready for prime-time viewing since I hadn’t had time to do any editing.  As it turned out, I wasn’t going to have time to edit, it had to be sent immediately.

As I attached the 10 pages to the body of the e-mail, I took a deep breath and hit send.  It was gone, out of my hands and under the all- seeing eyes of a published author.  I took a Tums and went to bed, but I didn’t sleep.

All night, negative thoughts raced through my mind.  I wasn’t good enough.  Why did I enter a contest I’m obviously not ready for? She’s going to rip it to shreds.  You won’t even let your family read your writing, so why are you sending it to her?


The next day, I was in dire need of some strong coffee as well as a big dose of courage.  When I logged into my e-mail, there it was, the subject line read “Your 10 page critique” and below, the attachment.  I knew reading this critique would be life changing for me and boy was it ever…..



Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

2 thoughts on “My First Critique (Part 1)

  1. Interested for the results! Will tune in tomorrow!


  2. Eep eep eep! Can’t wait to hear how it went… 🙂


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