It is hard for me to be share my work, especially one of the stories I am writing. The characters are so much a part of me and extensions of myself that sharing them feels incredibly vulnerable. I have to take time after sharing any part of this story to review the critique. This means taking steps of separating myself from my characters so we can both benefit and grow from the critique.
I recently had to do this after some feedback I got during the writing class I am taking. It was rough to hear that my lead character wasn't connecting with the reader. I want her to but I struggle to tell her story on paper as clearly as it is in my head. So I will try again but the sting of not receiving a glowing review still remains a bit.
When it comes to storytelling, I really don't know what I am doing. Or really how to do it. I write because I love to make people think and laugh, because I have excess thoughts and ideas to share and I need an outlet and because it helps me process life. But its hard to turn something so personal over to complete strangers for reviewing especially when it is misunderstood.
However, that is part of the process and it will only help me to grow as a writer. And it has solidified that I want to do this. I want to write and although it requires vulnerability and sometimes criticism, that is not going to stop me. Especially since laughing and thinking are involved.
When I rode horses as a kid I was told after my first fall, "You're not a real rider until you fall off." So maybe the same applies, "You're not real writer until you have a bad review."
Sunday, September 23, 2012
This blog is an endeavor in bringing all my blogs and writing under one heading. Its also about doing just as the title says, whether it is my character, the characters I am writing or just being myself. (haha) Please stay tuned and we will see what happens. Thanks!