I know many of you are fans of American Idol as am I. Maybe you cringe like I do when the contestants who clearly can't sing try out. I alternate from wanting to cry for them or yell at the family member who led them to believe they had any talent at all.
I don't want the same thing to happen to me with my writing.
When I submitted to the Genesis contest with ACFW, I hoped for some clear-cut feedback. I got it. In fact one judge suggested I purchase the book Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King. I got myself a copy for $6 from Amazon.
That judge gave me some of the best advice I've gotten so far.
So here's what I'm saying. I appreciate feedback and critiques but let's keep it real. If someone doesn't tell me where my writing really needs improvement--how is it ever going to get better? I'm past someone patting me on my head and telling me to get on the stage and just do your best. (thanks Mom)
But I don't need that anymore. I've been doing this for a few years now and I want a meat diet--not the milk.
So where do you stand when it comes to feedback with your writing? Are you ready to take on some constructive critiques? Or do you want to lull yourself with thoughts of fame and publication without the work?
It's alot easier to have an article rejected. But when you get a book turned down that you've spent quite possibly a year of your life perfecting--it isn't as much fun.