Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Insecure Writers Support

First Wednesday of every month writers around the blogoshpere post their advice and insecurities in order that we may stand strong together.

Bloggers Unite!


Click on pic above to get to Alex J Cavanaugh's blog and IWSG HDQ. Anyone can sign up!

So today, I was thinking how even though it's okay and pretty common for writers to feel insecure in their work, letting those insecurities take control is a huge mistake. What I mean, is that if we're too insecure to put our work out there, then we never have the opportunity to grow.

Fellow writer and bloggers, Dianne K. Salerni and Marcy Hatch, offer a nice opportunity for writers to post their first page and get feedback from other writers. They give exceptional advice and are always constructive. As it happens, their post today is from my revised first page of my YA thriller. Yes, I put myself out there and braced myself for a beating, but all I got was genuinely helpful feedback.

Check it out! And if you don't already, start following Dianne's and Marcy's blog. And maybe I'll be seeing your first page up their next time!

Ever put YOUR work up for critique? Do tell ....

35 comments:

Old Kitty said...

Well done you!! Getting good critiques is so important - one's writing can only improve!

I've had the pleasure of Marcy critiquing my first page a few months ago and she's been really helpful!!

Take care
x

LM Preston said...

I do believe many writers suffer from depression due to internalization of comments on their work. I must say the internet does feed way to some great support for writers. Thanks for sharing this site.

Cherie Reich said...

Ah, so true! I do have critique partners, and I couldn't imagine sending something out without them looking it over. After all, just because I know what I mean doesn't mean the words are coming across. Heh.

Lizz said...

Congrats on getting criqued! That's super! I'll be sure to check out their blog.

Emma said...

I will look at this. Thanks for the insight.

Brinda said...

I recently put myself out there in a writing competition where readers voted and critqued the winning piece. It thickened my skin a little, but it was good for me.

Annalisa Crawford said...

I seem to have a subconscious word count that I have to reach before I think a WIP needs a critique - about 40,000. Anything under that and I muddle along by myself. Which is probably a bad thing, and I must stop it.

Nicole Zoltack said...

Congrats on all the requests! *crosses fingers for you*

Kyra Lennon said...

Well done for putting your work out into the world!

I will be sure to check those blogs out, thanks!

E.J. Wesley said...

See those scorch marks on my bum? They aren't motorcycle burns, I'll tell you that! Critters and the fires of hell have this in common: they burn hottest when you're wrong and/or you tick them off.

I TOTALLY KID!

99.9999% of my crit experience, like yours, hasn't been bad at all. Just very, very helpful. Although, I'll throw one thing out there: your work will never come back clean; not if the critter is doing their job.

What I mean: If you could find that one writer wandering the darkest jungles of East LA who hasn't read or heard about Harry Potter and give it to her blind, she'd find things to work on. Same with any great book.

Great critters are people who always look for ways to improve what they're reading or the technique of the writer, even if it's already dang good. I bring this up because corrective feedback, even the positive, is always an exercise in humility for me.

I'm never as good as I want to be, which is probably good cause it keeps me writing.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Thank you for constructive advice, made sensible reading.

Yvonne.

Karen Walker said...

Didn't know about these two bloggers who offer critiques. Thanks.
Karen

Linda Jackson said...

Enjoyed that first page, PK.
Last year I got bold and put myself out there by submitting my first 500 words to the WriteOnCon contest. It won me $1000!!! So since that time, I have learned to not be so shy. Just do it.

Johanna Garth said...

I saw there first pages the other day and thought they were both great. And you're right. It's a great way to get feedback.

Cassie Mae said...

My work is up for critique any time I put it out there. I thrive on constructive criticism!

Suze said...

'What I mean, is that if we're too insecure to put our work out there, then we never have the opportunity to grow.'

Oui.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

If we don't risk putting our work out for evaluation, how will we grow?

Miranda Hardy said...

So happy to hear you put yourself out there. Positivity is key.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

PK, Thanks so much for sharing your revised first page with us. I was really excited to see how you pulled from all the advice (some of it contradictory) and whipped those first 500 words into something great!

Beth said...

Yeah, but I haven't had anything new to critique in so long it seems unfair to say yes. LOL.

Siv Maria said...

How exciting, I will have to check this out. It is scary to put oneself out there, but it is scarier to never try.

Medeia Sharif said...

I've posted snippets of my writing on my blog, but not up for a critique. It would be interesting to do one day.

I'll check out the link.

DL Hammons said...

You gotta put yourself out there...and Dianne & Marcy offer an excellent way to do that. :)

fOIS In The City said...

I loved what you posted with Dianne & Marcy. Very strong work. I neglected to mention there. Good luck with the partials and fulls :)

Jennifer Ruth Jackson said...

The balancing act artists face is interesting. We have to be sensitive to create the art in a way people can relate to and, yet, have to be thick-skinned enough to persevere.

It is quite a thin line.

William Kendall said...

I have found critiques to be essential to the process, and very helpful, thus far.

Alex Villasante said...

Oh cool! going to go check out your first page.
I've put my work up for crits at conferences, on the QT forums, and several other places. By and large the response has been thoughtful and kind - no trolls. But that's as it should be, because in a community of writers, we're all in the same boat.

Gina Gao said...

Thanks for sharing this post. I enjoy constructive criticism -- meaning that I use criticism as a catalyst for me to do better.

www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

Gina Gao said...

Thanks for sharing this post. I enjoy constructive criticism -- meaning that I use criticism as a catalyst for me to do better.

www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

Donna Yates said...

What a wonderful idea - post the first page for other writers' comments. Thank you for this information.

Theresa Milstein said...

I like visiting and offering encouraging and (hopefully) helpful feedback. But I'm done with pitches and queries and first words online. I feel like there's too much feedback and it's too inconsistent.

LynNerdKelley said...

Oh, how cool. I'll go check out what they said about your first page! I belong to a critique group and get awesome feedback from the members.

jamieayres said...

Beautiful prose . . . can see why 4 agents requested it:):) Cheers!!

Sarah Pearson said...

A bit late but I've finally made it!
This is where I'm at now, just starting to be ready to look for feedback. It's scary and exciting at the same time.

I read that first page, and I loved it.

LTM said...

You know, it is scary to get feedback. I've kind of been facing that myself with new people that I'm seeing IRL. For whatever reason, it's easier to get it via email. But you know. We gotta have that thick skin! That's part of it~ :o) <3