IWSG: January


The thing is, I really like my writing, but I'm terrified that no one else will.

It's like when my son was born. He was the most beautiful, perfect baby. When the Renaissance guys were painting pictures of cherubs, they used the future glory of my child as a model.

Now, when I look at pictures of him as a newborn, I'm horrified. He looked like that lizard baby from V-

-only he was all red and sweaty.

That's how I feel about my writing. To me it's perfect, but I'm sure everyone else just sees a sweaty, red, lizard baby with spazzy arms and weird facial expressions.

I know babies grow out of that (most of them do anyway), and I know my writing is starting to grow out of it too, but it's still my baby and I still see perfection everywhere I look when I know damn well there are a lot of flaws.

How do you deal with your lizard babies. I'm sorry, I meant your precious little angels?

Comments

  1. The two best things to deal with lizard babies are time and other people.

    Once you've written it, take a step back and lock it away for a few months. Read other stuff like crazy, then come back to your writing and read it again. You'll have a fresh perspective and will be able to spot the flaws.

    Failing that, grab a few reliable and honest friends who will critique your work. They'll be able to see your cherub for the lizard it is, if indeed it really is a lizard.

    Jamie Gibbs
    IWSG co-host
    Mithril Wisdom

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  2. I actually think the lizard looks kinda cute! I do agree setting your work to one side for a bit and then looking at it with fresh eyes helps to iron out the rough edges.

    Good luck :)

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  3. I love your comparison. I'm still giggling because my second-born was a lizard baby too... it's hilarious how we can "see" the truth differently depending on perspective.

    I definitely agree with letting the project sit for a while, which I'm pretty sure you've done. If not, 100% put it away and don't look at it for a couple of months - your fresh eyes can make all the difference.

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  4. Your blog has changed! Nice! I think few day old babies can pull off cute and get away with it. Jamie and Suzanne have good advice there about coming back to it with fresh eyes.

    My MS is a lot uglier. I need to get it to a stage where it reads well enough for my wife to read it. At the moment it's missing a good flow of chapters that connect. For me, a lizard baby would be a huge improvement! But I am hopeful that whatever happens, it will be handsome eventually. Keep up the effort. Cheers

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  5. Thanks everyone. I know that letting it sit for a month or longer would help, but it's so hard to let go sometimes.

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  6. You got a good chuckle out of me with this post! Nicely done. Some people like sweaty, red babies. Others like slimy, green lizards. There's an audience out there for what you're producing, I think. ;-)

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  7. Hi, Jennifer,

    Nice to meet you and HAPPY NEW YEAR! New follower here.

    DON'T ever feel that reader won't like you work. YOU HAVE To let your beautiful baby be read... How else will you REALLY know if it's a horrific lizard.

    WE are our own worst enemies.Take a breath and BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!!!

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  8. I remember when I saw the lizard baby on V, I thought it was really cute. I was so sad when it died!

    I'm pretty sure people will like your lizard baby, anyway. Your blogging writing is awesome.

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  9. There's only one way to find out if you've got a lizard or an angel. You have to let others read it. There's really no way around this one. I know. It's scary. Have you thought about letting the ladies over at falling4fiction.blogspot.com have a crack at it? If you're up for advice, I've got one little snippet for ya. Put on your thick-skin cloak. It's a must for getting feedback on your precious writing material. I remember sending out 50 pages of a romantic suspense novel to a critiquer I barely knew. I spent more time arguing (inside my own head) and defending (again, in my head) my writing against her comments. BUT, what I really needed to be doing was asking myself, "Why did she give me these comments?" The answer was staring me straight in the face. It was because my writing fell short in these areas. I've gotten much better at braving the critiques. I still get the "ouch" moments, but they only sting for a few minutes, then I get to fixing the sore spots in the ms. Wow, that was long-winded. Sorry!

    The short is, get your work out there. It can only improve your writing or in the least, give you ideas and stuff to mull over.

    Btw, I love the new colors on your background. It definitely blends well. :) Everything about the new look is inviting! Well done!

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  10. love the analogy jennifer :p i definitely agree with finding a good critique partner...or 2...or 3. they are the best and most direct routes to pulling those agelic characterics from that lizard baby (they're in there...promise)!

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  11. That's just too funny and something most of us can relate to. I tend to step away from my lizard baby (meaning my writing, I never stepped away from my kids... I just reflect by pulling out pictures like you did). Back to stepping away, giving myself a little time to forget what I wrote helps me to look at it more objectively.

    Happy writing in 2013!

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  12. I was just telling my daughter about "V"! Anyway I agree with most everyone here, you should find a critique partner who will be honest. You can learn so much from having someone else look at it. Happy New Year and nice to meet you! :)

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  13. You've got to know ahead of time that not everyone will like your writing. It is tough to handle when someone says it isn't a book for them, but just focus on your readers and ignore the negative. There will always be someone that loves your work.
    Find a great critique partner, work hard, and you will succeed.
    Happy 2013!

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  14. Popped over here from your other blog. I had two blogs at one point too and had to consolidate. So much time :)

    Happy New Year!

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