For today’s episode a cold, hard, truth will be revealed—
Your writing sucks.
MY writing sucks.
Every single book, manuscript, oddly jotted down bit of mis-matched Haiku—sucks.
Now the caveat is- it sucks to someone.
I can promise that even the highest grossing, made-the-author-insanely-rich, best sellers have someone (probably many someones) who would fling their book across the room in disgust.
Does this mean the book sucks? To them—yeah. Major suckage of the epic scale. That we should all give up trying to be story tellers? Probably not. (I’ll get to the probably in a minute).
Every once in a while an author hears something bad about their work. (Stop laughing- yeah, it happens more than every once in a while, if not, then you’ve got your work sitting in a trunk somewhere under a large heavy piece of work-out equipment ;)). But I digress. When said author gets this bad news the first thought is, “OMG! I can’t write! I need to go hide my head in shame!” (Been there done that.).
But the fact is, that is simply an opinion. Now yes, if EVERYONE says the exact same thing, like your heroine is too stupid to live past page three because she’s already walked into a house with an ax murderer- by choice- twice in two pages—then you should probably listen to them.
Other comments should be examined, tossed around, allowed to breathe like a fine wine—THEN looked at to determine the validity for your story. There will always be folks who don’t like what you write—decide if they comments are from that, or because of a true weakness. But no matter what you do, your work will suck to someone.
Now back to the whole “stop telling stories” issue. I say ‘probably not’ because if you are a sensitive soul who can’t rebound (often with lots of chocolate and or alcohol) from the people who think your work sucks, then maybe you should walk away now. Even my published VERY published friends get folks who think they suck—it comes with this job. If you want to still keep writing and showing your work- you’re going to find some haters. Eat the chocolate, cry, and move on.
Thanks for coming by- please share your tales of suckage recovery!
· OH- I’ll be out of the country starting Sunday so I have some wonderful guest bloggers the next two weeks. Please make sure to stop by and make them feel welcome J.