Monday, October 28, 2013

The Need for Feedback

I'm not procrastinating. I'm getting this off my chest so I can get some real writing done this morning.

I like feedback. I like knowing what others think of the things I'm doing or have done. In the context of my writing, I have some trusted readers whose opinions I value very, very much. Since I tend to write a LOT of short stories while I'm on my road to becoming a Professional Writer, I don't overburden these readers with everything I write. I have come to recognize what's genuinely in need of more work.

So when I'm asking for feedback it's because I need honest, outside myself opinions of a story. I need someone to tell me how it could be improved. Or if it should be scrapped completely and move on to the next thing.

Recently I ran off a number of stories that I think might be commercially viable. While I'm perceiving that maybe I've leveled up as a writer, I'm anxious to know if my trusted readers feel the same way. I've got my fingers crossed.

And I'm anticipating a number of very honest "I don't think it's ready yet" notes. One such reader came back with what might be deemed some harsh honesty and I really didn't take it that way at all. I want to get better, I want to tell stories that make sense to others and not just to myself. I need this feedback like an adman needs his glass of Scotch before a 10:30 AM staff meeting.

I've been thinking a lot lately about what kind of genre I write and why it's necessary to be pigeonholed in that way.

But that's for another post. I've got things to do while I'm waiting to hear back from my friends on that story. After all, it's NaNoWriMo in four days.

And that story is another one I think might be pretty damn good, too.