Wednesday, November 7, 2012

IWSG - Wednesday


You ever wonder if the reason why writers are so insecure is because we have to take so much criticism? In the world of fiction where tastes and preferences are so completely subjective, why should we really take anything to heart? As we all know, what works for one, can make another wanna puke their guts up. And the variety of stories and films already out their are a perfect example of how diverse people truly are.

So maybe we should try to remember that a little better while we're reading a rejection or bad review. That's not to be used as an excuse for learning the most we can about craft, but more as a comfort that as long as we are always striving to improve our craft, we will eventually succeed.

We never know when our next story will become the next bestseller. But we can believe, without a doubt, that if we keep trying our hardest, we will get pretty darn close.

If you're NaNo-ing this month, I"m sending some positive creative waves your way. Or if you're like me, and just kicking down the cobblestones, feeling groovy, then cheers to that! It's the month to be thankful and I'm so thankful for all of you who take the time to read, comment, and share this journey with me.

What's happening with you? Any news to share? Want to join IWSG? Click on pic above to get to HDQ for more deets. 

 

32 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

If our writing is good, we'll appeal to someone!

Old Kitty said...

I always tell myself a bad review of my story is nothing personal. It's so hard not to make it that though but I do really try (after a small private sob)!!!

Take care
x

Stina Lindenblatt said...

"But we can believe, without a doubt, that if we keep trying our hardest, we will get pretty darn close."

This is my personal motto. :D

SA Larsenッ said...

How have I missed your new header? (Oh, yeah...life has been nuts and I haven't been around.) LUV it!!

I'm simply going to second both Alex and Stina. Fabulous wisdom...

Barbara Watson said...

"What works for one, can make another wanna puke thier guts up." Love that. And I needed to hear that today.

Humberto Dib said...

I just stopped by to say hello!
Cheers from Argentina.
HD

M.J. Fifield said...

"As we all know, what works for one, can make another wanna puke their guts up." Love that. And this...

"But we can believe, without a doubt, that if we keep trying our hardest, we will get pretty darn close."

Great post!

kmckendry said...

It's hard not to let criticism get to you. But you're so right that if we just keep working we will get there! :)

cleemckenzie said...

Nice boost here today, PZ. Now I'm off to kick up some cobblestones.

Ella said...

PZ I really like this post~
Great encouragement-thank you! :D

Elizabeth Seckman said...

That's a good reminder...I couldn't agree more!

Robin said...

Loved this PK-I thing inside of every writer is a place of insecurity-so it's good to be reminded that everything is subjective and to keep aiming to improve ourselves.

Thanks for the NaNo vibes! I need those today:)

Johanna Garth said...

I'm always reminding myself that writing is unusual because it's the only place where we get constant feedback/performance reviews and they are entirely subjective on the other person's taste.

Andrea Franco-Cook said...

I couldn't agree more. There's a reason that such a variety of genres exist. "One man's treasure is one man's trash." It's good to keep that in mind whenever we're faced with rejection. We'll never fail as long as we keep trying. Like you say, our next story could be the next bestseller.

BTW, I really like your blog and am now a follower. Great post, enjoyed being a part of the conversation.

Jess said...

I'm not doing NaNo this year, either :(

But this post is totally what I need today! I'm so worked up with preparing to be published, and I'm really nervous about what other people will think of it. But you're so right! The reason I wrote my book in the first place was because I simply loved to write. Not for anyone else :)

Carrie-Anne said...

I agree about taste being subjective. I'm taking YA Lit this semester, and I've hated or disliked some of the books the instructor or other students loved. One student says he "tore through" a fantasy/fairytale retelling that kept putting me to sleep, for example.

I put my contemporary historical (1980s) WIP on hiatus again so I could put all my energy into the book I've really been wanting to write more. I'm glad I switched.

William Kendall said...

I'm not doing NaNo; the academic schedule pretty much rules it out.

I think one of the reasons writers can be sensitive or insecure is that it's the downside to having a creative personality.

kimlajevardi.com said...

I agree about the variety of tastes, but it is hard not to take critiques to heart when sharing such an intimate part of myself - my creativity. But you're right, and it's an important lesson as I move toward publication someday. Great IWSG post!

fOIS In The City said...

PK, love the Paul Simon reference. I've crossed the 59th Street Bridge more than I care to remember. No Nan-No ... just tripping down the road, happy to be at work. Or to paraphrase another one-liner ... If we write it someone will love it.

Susan Roebuck said...

A rotten review can send me on a downward spiral instantly. Best not look at them, that's my philosophy. Not everyone's going to like what I write, just like I don't like everything I read. We are an insecure bunch, aren't we?

Candilynn Fite said...

Super-great message for all the IWSG members out there. :)

michelle said...

Great post PK... subjectivity is unavoidable, which means there are gonna be folks who love what you write and those who hate what you write... it's just the way it is...
I really like your matter-of-fact and logical approach here.

Jennifer Ruth Jackson said...

Good reminder.

If you write it, they will read! Well, they meaning someone, somewhere. Darn that Field of Dreams. lol

jamieayres.com said...

Hmm, what's happening with me? Edits hell, ahhhhh!!! Lol, but hopefully my ms. will shine when we're through.

Lexa Cain said...

You are so right, and THANKS for reminding me. When on the query trail, it's so easy to stop believing in yourself and start second guessing every idea, every decision, every bit of personal style... It's be nice if the phrase "I'm not good enough" pushed us to become better, but sometimes it just freezes us in place.
This post will help me loosen up and fly! :-)

Carol Riggs said...

Absolutely. Criticism and rejection are part of the business. Still, it gets wearing at times... I'm glad you're feeling groovy and kicking down the cobblestones! :)

Catherine Stine said...

Hi, yes, always good to stay strong about your writing. As for me, I had no power for 4 days during Hurricane Sandy. But we stayed strong too!

Roger Lawrence said...

As much as I agree that keeping at it is a must, I'm also being forced to listen to the fact that something just might not be to everyone's taste. Which is why I'm diversifying in my writing and especially my chosen genres.

Tammy Theriault said...

critism sucks but what can you do...can't please everyone, hopefully we can at least please ourselves! great post!

new follower - hi!

Victoria Lindstrom said...

It was great to meet you at the recent writers' retreat in Oregon. And, thanks for the inspiration, Pk!

Alan Sugar said...

Criticism is always tough and as writers we have to seek it or we would never improve . I am doing NaNo so have been out of the loop for a while. I will catch up next month.

Donna Yates said...

I'm just trying to get myself back into writing stories mode. I find it's kind of tough after spending so much time editing my first book.