So everyone, I think I might write an entire, actual novel. No more writing the first two chapters and losing interest. No more jotting down ideas that don't go anywhere. I have 45000 words, and I've never gone this far with a single story before. I feel as though I'm 1/3, maybe half way done, and feel like I'm set to keep going. When I have loads of free time this summer, I have no doubt I could pull of a finish. So, what happens when I'm done or about close? Who should read my work? On the unprofessional side, does anyone use friends or family to read/edit your work? I'm not sure who I should ask, who I should go to with it. Has anyone found a sort of partner writer at clubs or something like craigslist? I've posted one excerpt on this website; thats the fullness of what has been critiqued on what I've written. Is it best to have people reading, helping you along the way? Or should I just finish it on my own, and figure it out from there? Is it really advisable to go it totally alone when writing a novel? I have no real fantasies about seeing this published, but I'd like to go through a hardcore proof-reading/editing process. On the professional side, (though I'm only curious about this right now), do you have someone editing your work as you go? or do you only present it to them when you have a finished manuscript? I need a general run-down of this whole thing; I'm quite lost in the woods at this point.