It's been a while since I started Day Laughs, Night Cries. I had submitted the first three chapters to obtain a grant and received more than I had expected. Four out of five small publishers commented on my writing style and three asked that I send them the completed manuscript, while two offered me grants. I could not believe the response. I had written the chapters as class assignments.
I worked on the first draft as a person running a marathon. I could not put it down. Memories surfaced like beautiful wild flowers and overgrown wild weeds. I cried, laughed, and wrote (see the title). The first draft was a quick read with flashbacks and cliffhangers. I had used flashbacks to escape writing about difficult situations. The flashbacks allowed me to give insights without giving too much. They also allowed me to keep certain characters at the surface. This strategy worked well, but only for me.
I gave the manuscript to some people to tell me if it hooked them or not. Not for a real critique. An English Literature professor said, "It is gripping, and fast paced throughout." A media professor involved with television series said, "It is so alive and strong... send it right away to a publisher. It is that good...."