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Blog # 4
While thumbing through old, old writers magazines, I discovered a quote of Norman Gautreau’s: “You must focus on the process of writing and not the dream of being a writer.” I began to rethink what I had considered a waste of time from lectures, conferences and others’ suggestions. I realized how much they had taught me.
Take advantage of learning to perfect your craft without someone stealing your enthusiasm.
- Not everyone is interested in the same genre.
- Some people will be drawn to your story, others, not so much. That doesn’t mean you have a stinky story.
- Remember to ask for specific feedback when enlisting a reader’s help. Ask them to read for continuity, repetitive words, name changes of the same character, flow, confusion about plot, OR mechanics, etc. Too many areas can bog down a kind reader.
- Choose an editor who is smarter than you if you truly want helpful feedback.
- Thank readers whatever the quality of their thoughts. One writer described a final draft that had been edited 35 times, even with a publisher. He had modeled a character after a person in his community using a pseudonym but used the real name later in his novel. No one had caught it.
- Avoid, like the plague, anyone who doesn’t have your best interest at heart. One person in an editing group shared a personal note from a fellow member with other members naming her the best writer in the group. Hmmm. What was that about? Someone, perhaps, whose ego needs nurturing at your expense. Run don’t walk.