Do you have doubts about your writing?
I do! I don’t doubt my stories, or my characters, or even my dialogue, but my writing ability and putting it all together, publishing it, and then having others read it…Oh my gosh!
I was reading Criminal Minds A virtual Panel’s blog this morning and he talked about how a story for him is all about the characters. Check out his blog here
Now some people like the settings, some prefer dialogue, and some, like me, like the plot or story, as I like to call it.
I’m a “story” reader. I like a good story with a beginning, a middle, and a Happily Ever after or at least closure. I can remember basic outlines of stories I read YEARS ago.
I’m the same way with the music I listen to. If you give me a song with a five minute guitar riff or a drum solo, you’ve lost me. Tell me a story with the lyrics. You can have just about the worst instrumental with it, but if I like the lyrics, you’ve got me! But you can’t have a song with just lyrics and no music, that doesn’t work either and neither does a story without dialogue, characters, and descriptions.
I write. I try to write from my heart. I like to tell a story. Then I hit that publish button and people tell me, “I just bought your book. I can’t wait to read it” Now I’m paranoid. Here’s where the doubt creeps in. Did I do a good job? Are my characters lovable or despicable enough? Will the reader want to keep reading to the very end? Could I have made it better? Will they like my story?
I’m not a perfectionist, but I believe in giving everything my best. I’m not very good at criticism, even constructive criticism leaves me paranoid. “They hate me! Why did I even think I could do that!” Yeah that’s me. And yet when someone gives me feedback or a review, I expect the good, the bad, and the ugly. If you are going to sugarcoat it and say you loved it and then tell someone else, that’s the worst story you ever read, how am I supposed to learn?
So why am I terrified?
“The Good Dr. Grant” has a review coming up from Honest Indie Book Reviews
Which in my personal opinion is one of the best reviewers. Gary’s reviews are detailed, insightful, and constructive, and I am honored to have him reviewing my book, But I’m still terrified 🙂
Do you doubt your work after you’ve put it out for all the world to see? Or am I the only one who’s paranoid?