I just finished the first draft of my novel and I am so, so thrilled! I know there is a lot of work, fine tuning, editing, and pruning ahead, but it all seems so managable now that the story is all on paper. I have someone, who I really don't know (which I think is a good thing), with experience looking at people's writing, who is willing to read it for me and give me feedback on it. Would this be an okay time to let her do that? Even though I know of several specific things I need to fix myself? Is there a better time to get an outsider opinion. I have read a lot that this a a good time to take a short break and let the writing cool, so I figured having someone else take a look would help me stay away from it. I do find myself wanting to tell her all the things I know that are wrong with it, but I've also learned that it is better to let the reader draw their own conclusions... does that sound right? Anyway... words of wisdom about how to go forward at this point are welcome. Plus, I just had to tell everyone here that I finally finished!!