IWSG Day Question: What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started writing?
Yep, just answering the question this month. Figure it’s better than my fretting about pretty much the same thing I have been for months.
I guess the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that I need to write what makes me happy. If I can make some others happy along the way, great! If not, well, at least it’s still my story. I went through I forget how many revisions on some projects, trying to make the massive changes people suggested and suddenly it wasn’t my story anymore and I was forcing my characters to act in ways they wouldn’t.
And of course this meant they didn’t play well with me.
In a way, I suppose this is also a lesson in finding people to look over my work who aren’t trying to change it to their story. I was losing what made it mine. I’m completely open to fixing issues and ramping things up in areas or what have you, but also in recognizing when a recommendation isn’t worth taking.
On that same note, those recommendations can shed light on an aspect I need to bring more to the forefront. While I may not take directly what is said, I do pay attention and take it under consideration.
And I’m sure my groups think me weird when my brain starts taking off on a suggestion, trying to figure out how I can incorporate what is being said.
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Yeah, I’ve had to do my share of learning which ideas to follow and which ones to ignore in my stuff too. Many ideas I can’t use because they either don’t work with my world or the character or even the timeline. But occasionally there’s a gem there that I’ll pursue. And sometimes, if it’s backed up with enough to convince me of its necessity, I’ll rewrite the entire book and change the series to implement a suggested change. 🙂
You definitely want critique partners who only fix the technical and flow, not your voice.