Never let your mother read the rough draft

I have a good relationship with my mother. She is an interesting person, and I love her because she’s a good person too. We both love watching movies starring Godzilla, superheros, or Angelina Jolie (a combo of all of these would be awesome). She helped me get through break ups, deaths, births, and everything in between.

And I will never, ever, let her read another rough draft.

When we have a close parent, we want to share this wondrous thing we have created with them. And because we trust and love them, sharing with them doesn’t trigger the same level of anxiety.

Which is why it is all the worse when the read it and go ‘meh’.


Unless your beloved parent is a writer or an editor (which happens!), they have no clue what a rough draft is. They expect, despite how you’ve explained the process, a polished work ready for (you know it) publication.

They point out grammar errors. Spelling errors. They get icked out by sex scenes (please don’t ask me how I know this). If something doesn’t work for them, they don’t have the words to explain why.

You can’t fix your work based on that kind of reading. There are dozens of decent forums online for finding beta readers, if that’s what you’re looking for. There are also tonnes of tips on editing and everything else you could possibly want.

Just don’t ask you mom to do it; it isn’t worth the stress.

3 thoughts on “Never let your mother read the rough draft

  1. x934z says:

    I am laughing so hard at this. Been there, done that, and you are SO right.

    I never dared show my mother any sex scenes, not least ‘cos they were all gay.

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