PHASE TWO: Steps 4 and 5

4. DEVELOP A THICK SKIN: You'll need it from here on out...when you start showing your work to others in the industry. ;-)

5. CRITIQUES: once you've done all you can do for the words and developed a few rough idea sketches of the character and a scene or two, show your story to other writers and illustrators for feedback. Be ready to change things and take the criticism for what it's there to help your story, not hurt your feelings. You don't have to do EVERYTHING everyone suggests. But take them all into consideration and choose what works best for your story. Join a critique group or email those you know in the industry and ask for feedback.

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