|Me, wanting praise. Image by warszawianka|
This brings me to my point about getting critiques. While we all like feeling like a rock star, and I've had that feeling a few times after a critique and it's lovely, what we really want is to improve. There are bad critique groups/partners out there that critique from a negative place. I've been fortunate enough to rarely experience those types of critiques. Most of my beta readers are articulate, well read and are interested in helping me discover and improve my story. I want to take a second to send a special thanks to them because it's not easy or comfortable to look over a friend's work and say, "Hey, this could be better." I feel uncomfortable every time I have to say it.
One of my beta readers last night kept saying he felt bad tearing apart my story. It made me smile because what he thought were negative statements I took as, "this is a way you can make your story better." No problems there. I give my work to other writers for suggestions and pointers, I give it to my mom when I want unadulterated praise. I agreed with most of his comments which, I have to admit, always makes it easier.
|Critiques are good! Image provided by Anonymous|
In other news, the first draft of Grape Merriweather is nearly a quarter done. It's still fun and breezy and a nice break after Tough Girl. A few short stories are still giving me headaches but I think they'll be worth it. I'm also kicking around a few play/screenplay ideas.
How are your projects going?