Fiction is made up, so write the story fiction as you want, based on your unique experiences, not how others tell you to.
You want to be a better novelist but it can be hard to answer the question: what kind of feedback would you like? Discover the types of editing you can expect as you work to improve your drafts from novelist Willow Woodford.
The Double-Edged Sword of Critique: Accepting Feedback with Grace and Perspective by Willow Woodford
Emotional feedback can be difficult to hear, but even the negative feedback can be incredibly helpful. So, here are my quick tips for finding critique and not letting it break your heart.
Ah, the scent of wood smoke and rain tells me another year is gearing up for the fall and it’s time for a well-earned break. You know the kind, the type you use to reward yourself for surviving another round of new projects, writer conferences, pitch sessions, the merry-go-round of queries, new releases, and the never-ending whirlwind of life in general.
When I was brand spanking new to novel writing I entered a local writing contest. Looking back I realize I entered for the wrong reasons. I wanted to win. I wanted a pat on the back. I thought that everyone who read my entry would Oooo and Ahhh. After all, it was a scene I had worked on for years and I thought it was really good. What constituted “really good” for me and now are two different things.
When I started writing years ago, I would have given anything for the opportunity to have a professional in the writing world take a look at my story, tell me I was brilliant. I was so thrilled to give my story to family and friends and then hurt and disappointed when they either didn’t finish reading it or dodged me when I asked them if they liked it.