It’s a bit difficult for me to hear someone’s response over a story or poem I’ve written. One worry is that they will notice every thing that I already know needs work, & the other that it’s not good enough. I was reminded this month (though the South Texas Scribes & The Writers Group) that if those who are reading your work are noticing what you do, and not much more than that. It means that you’re on the right track. The only thing now I need to start doing is editing what has been commented on during our first two Writers Group meetings (with my friends, Melissa & Wendy).
I’ve already shared two chapters of my novel with Melissa & Wendy. I think continuing to get feedback will help me to improve what I have written and finish soon the end of the novel. What worries me of jumping in and actually editing these two chapters is the idea that I still don’t know enough to add more. Though if I leave it for later it will just be even harder for me to start. Plus as Melissa & Wendy mentioned to me, I already have the bare bones of my story. So it should be easy to add from what I have.
I want my story to be well worth reading. I don’t want some one to read two pages, or two chapters, and then give up on the story. Though I should say the same thing to myself, I shouldn’t give up no matter if it ever will be printed. I promised a friend I would ePub if I had to at least so some people could get a chance to read it. Even though my novel isn’t at all ready to be published. At least four more edited versions, or more, before I even decide to ePub it. I just need to sit down, and focus on editing what I’ve written. Easier said than done, right?
Besides that, I like hearing feedback on my story when it feels like I heading the right direction. More so I enjoy giving feedback on my fellow writer/friend’s work. Just talking about writing with people who understand, and listening to tips/advice on stories just gives me a feeling like there are other people like me. Even the word “joy” doesn’t completely describe it.
There are moments where I feel like I’m back in one of my creative writing classes with the Jacksons. Other times it’s just feels like I’m stepping into the world of writers. Where we truly can explore and share to our hearts content.