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An intriguing question was set by the IWSG team this month: What’s the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?
I liked this question because we writers tend to focus on what’s said in order to improve things and skim over the positive comments. We need to fix that!
Looking back at my critiqued manuscripts, I was surprised to find a lot of positive comments, which I had inadvertently forgotten or ignored.
“I loved this story and wished I could write like that.”
“This hooked me from the opening sentence.”
“You CAN write.”
“I couldn’t put this down.”
Why didn’t I focus on these when I was re-writing and pulling my hair out in frustration? It is so important for writers to find balance. Yes, we must pay attention to the ‘fix it’ comments but we must also recognise the positive things said too.
At the end of this week, I will be receiving my novel back from my editor. I am under no illusion, I know there will be lots of work to do but I will also remind myself of the positive comment that I’ve already had from her:
“I loved the book...! You've thrown in some awesome twists I was not expecting!”
Drawing on the positive is a motivational tool to get the job done. What do you think?
For those of us who are sometimes dragged back by the ‘fear’ factor, here is a great quote I heard whilst I watched one of my favourite TV shows, Lie To Me:
“You have a talent but that comes with sacrifices. It doesn’t belong to just you anymore.”
I wish I’d written that! I couldn’t have heard this more timely. My first book of short stories is being published later this month and the fear has never been more intense. But I’ve done the work, put the hours in, listened to advice and now it no longer belongs to just me. Recognising that point helps quash the fear.
Happy Writing and thank you to the IWSG for the question and for the fantastic newsletter!