An author who critiques for the RNA's New Writers' Scheme has blogged about doing the critiques. She mentions that she is currently reading a ms that has some problems - purely anonymous you understand. But as I sent my ms in early and nearly everyone I know is planning to send in just before the deadline in August... This instantly made me think 'OMG, she's talking about me' :-()
If you're about to submit to the scheme you might be interested to read what she says here.
Or possibly not.
She says - "I write screeds about how to improve one's technique but what do you do when the problem is the writer's character?"
Gulp. Apparently some would be writers are just plain unlikeable. Or boring. Or both!
Off to cross everything in the hope that it's not my ms that inspired the post :-(