The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is doing a new thing. They’re asking a question:
What’s the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?
By seeking out feedback, I’ve gotten helpful criticism. As a result, I know where my faults lie. Emotions—I’m terrible at manufacturing those moments that make people cry. Tension—How the heck do you get a person to hold their breath and grip the book with white fingers? Setting—oh, did I mention these people were in some place interesting? No? Clarity—I’m awesome at confusing people! Wait, that’s not a good thing, is it?
But not everything about my writing sucks. From what I can tell, I give good voice. And I can make the occasional person burst out in laughter. Sure, that might be me chuckling (manically cackling), but I’m still a person. Right?
Anyways, back to the question at hand. What’s the best thing someone’s said?
I am really impressed. This is usually pillow throwing, head banging, omfg levels of “WHAT IS GOING ON”, but you’re somehow carrying it through sheer force of personality.
BAM! Not bad for having thrown someone with no exposure to me or my writing into the mess that is currently Isto. Now, I’ll just ignore all the Urban Dictionary entries about female personalities…
Do you know your writing faults? How do you recognize what you need to work on? Do you have any tension suggestions?