I have done hardly any work on the story in the last week since sending it out for critique. I only sent Part 1 of the 3 parts as that was a sizeable chunk for reviewers to tell me about character, plot, etc. etc. Tell me they did and now I can't help but wonder why I'm doing this.
Actually, that was yesterday. So far this morning, in the 40 minutes since I woke up, I've done alright. Still depressed about the story, but it's not quite as bad as yesterday. Maybe that's because I entered the Talking stage and replied to one of my reviewers with my thoughts on the critique and asked some follow-up questions. No response just yet, but that's ok as my email was longer than I wanted when I first sat down and I didn't send it until just before I crawled into bed last night.
So, waiting again. That's how it goes. There is a general order to the steps of getting a critique but, sometimes, you skip around in the later stages once you've gotten your story back.
For the moment I will continue to work on the next parts of the story as much as I am able. I had wanted to post about my experiences with outlining and the such but, for the moment, I think I will hold off on those so as to record my current experiences with this critique.
I hope everyone else's day is going better than mine!