I have no idea if this is the appropriate section to post this. I apologize if it is wrong (if it is someone please let me know!) Essentially, I think I'm looking for a couple people to read through a rough draft of the beginning of a novel I'm working on. It's approximately 11K words so far* and is a very, very, very, very rough draft. I have done zero edits because I know when my manuscript is done (if ever) it will need MAJOR rewrites and so I see no point in nitpicking right now when I know I'll just have to completely redo it later. (*If you get bored while reading or simply don't have much time I will not in any way be mad if you quit before reading all 11K words) If anyone is remotely interested, here's more information about what's going on. Actually, if anyone doesn't want to read my manuscript but wants to give other advice based on my problem, I'd love to hear that as well. My problem is this: I wrote a loose, 5 part outline for my novel, and have finished writing the first draft of part 1 of 5. Now I feel like it sucks and the action doesn't pick up soon enough, and I'm questioning if my plot is even gripping enough to keep anyone's attention. I think I need to at the very least rework my outline but I'm not sure where to start. It could be that the entire thing sucks and I've wasted a month of my life (it could be worse though, not complaining), but more likely there are some parts that are good and some parts that need to go. Even if I only keep one interesting character and scrap the entire rest of the book that's okay and would be worth the feedback. I tried to reread it myself and do just this but my viewpoint is not fresh, obviously, so it's hard for me to say which parts would grab people's attention and which parts are snoozers. Would anyone be willing to skim over my draft and tell me what grabbed their attention (if anything) and what parts seemed too cliche or incredibly dull? If anyone is interested, I would PM you the draft. Warning: a lot of the writing is clumsy and awkward due to it being a first draft. I'm interested in feedback about the plot, characters, setting, and pace, NOT about typos, word choice, how realistic the dialogue is, or anything to do with my specific writing style. The draft is not a good example of my writing style because I was just trying to get the plot down on paper. (Is it possible to distinguish plot from the actual words used while critiquing? If not, someone please let me know!) If anyone wants to know more about the plot or anything else before agreeing to this, let me know. It's not a specific genre and I'm not sure if it would be better to give a plot summary or not and how much detail to give without giving away too much to take away the suspense while reading it. I would write up what I would put on the back of the book if it got published but I'm not quite sure how I would even write that. See, this is why I need help. Thanks for consideration!!