This is a topic that probably plagues most writers, and after this week I thought it would be a good topic to write about on my blog.
Its hard to say who will like what you write. Who will like the story, the characters, the plot, and all the other things that go into making your story what it is.
Short but not so sweet answer…not everyone will like your story! But, that doesn’t mean its not a good story. In fact it could very well be a very good or great story, but everyone has different tastes and likes.
I gave up writing my main manuscript back in December because someone gave me feedback that wasn’t entirely positive. They found so many things wrong with my story that it deflated my ego. Yes, writer’s have egos! And when you invest your heart and soul into something and put it out there for others to criticize or review, you open yourself up to the good and the bad.
Fortunately I have many writing pals who thought the story was good, but still I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that maybe I just couldn’t write something good, and I gave up on the story that I loved the most. I thought its possible this person is right and everyone else was being kind, not being honest and telling me the story sucked.
Its taken several months to wrap my head around this whole thing and finally I’ve decided that I don’t care that one person doesn’t like my story. Not everyone will! But, I like it and that’s why I write it. It’s for the love of the story I’m telling, and so I’ve started to work on it again, and I’m happy about it. I hated not working on the story that prompted me to start writing in the first place.
The other positive thing that happened this week is that a short story I wrote, Valeria’s Knight has just been published in print. So, I guess I can now say I’m a published author. But, the really good thing is that two magazines are publishing this story, which tells me something. Maybe my writing isn’t all that bad. Perhaps its even good. At the very least… worth reading, by somebody. 🙂
So, don’t let anyone disuade you from writing what you love. You can only please some of the people some of the time…. happy writing!