Wednesday, July 6, 2016
The Insecure Writer and Waiting For That Perfect Compliment
Today is July's contribution to Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group.
Why am I an Insecure Writer this month?
Because I still haven't heard the one compliment that I yearn to hear about my writing.
As part of a new feature at IWSG, we've all been asked to share the best thing someone has said about our writing. I had to reflect on this for a while, but after much thought I've come up with several possible candidates.
1. Lately, several members of my crit group have told me they enjoy my dialogue, especially the banter between my MC and her new sidekick. Considering how terrible my first attempts at dialogue were, that's a real achievement.
2. After complaining to one of my crit partners that she wasn't suggesting as many changes to my manuscript as she used to, she replied that my writing had improved so much, she didn't feel the need to make as many changes. I'll have to admit, that felt pretty good.
3. After reading one of my submissions out loud during a critique group meeting, one of the members announced to the group that I'd grown so much as a writer these last couple of years. A statement like that can leave a person feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, even if deep down I know that I used to be so bad at writing it wouldn't have taken much to have grown as a writer.
So that's my list. Which do you think is best? I'm thinking #1.
So what's the one compliment I'm still waiting to hear? That my story sounds as if a real, published writer had written it. That's when I'll know I've arrived.