In a recent post, I wrote about the different worlds of creating our stories and marketing them. Today, let’s take look at another aspect of the two worlds of writing: the world of our writing community.
Solitude versus Community
Writing is a solitary process. Just me and my laptop. And it can be fun as I join my characters in their world and follow them through their story. But there comes a time when that isn’t enough.
We need other writers, other professionals in the writing world, to get better and to get published.
We can’t stay in our writing cave no matter how comfy and cozy it can be. And some are very cozy. And safe. And secure. But, if we stay there, we’ll never learn how good we are and we will never learn how much better we can be.
Critique groups, writing partners, conferences, workshops, webinars are vital to learning and growing as writers.
Sharing our writing with our community presents us with challenges on so many different levels. One of them is the clash between our subjective view of our work and our need to also be objective about it.
We need to exercise our objectivity muscles. Especially in receiving feedback and recognizing the value in the opinions, ideas, and suggestions of others. Discernment is a subset of this muscle group. Being open to hearing others and separating the wheat from the chaff of their comments.
We have to have confidence that we have a good story and we can tell it well.
But we don’t know it all. Our work is good but others can help us make it better.
So, we take those tentative steps into our writing community, welcoming feedback, and praying for the wisdom to gather the nuggets that will comes our way.
How do you approach seeking feedback on your work?