I’ve always seen myself as a winner, even as a kid. If I didn’t, I just might have gone down the drain a couple of times. I’ve got something inside of me, peasant-like and stubborn, and I’m in it ’til the end of the race. ~ Truman Capote
Do any of you writers out there ever lose confidence in your work? It happens to me more often than not. One person might not have liked a word I chose, another person doesn’t like a sentence, another my style or my voice. Hmm, will my work appeal to anyone? I mean, some day I’d at least like to be able to support myself with food and shelter from my writing. So, what can I do to fix it to appeal to people?
Those words were in italics because they are the thoughts that run in my head. Mostly writers have made the above comments about my work, and perhaps, a relative or two. Then I think … if I’m happy with a word I chose, or a sentence, or my style or my voice, why should it bother me what someone else thinks, and why would I change it if it feels right to me?
Yes, my thoughts ramble in run-on sentences.
But, if I suck at story writing, than maybe I need to give it up? Does my work appeal to anyone enough to get them to pay a few bucks to read it?
Some people think they are writers because they have a story to tell. I’ve read a few of these and discovered that they didn’t show me their stories. They just wanted to write it down for people to read and thought it would make money. Their stories were not created into visuals for the readers minds.
I work and work and work (and a dozen more “works) to find words that create visuals, but also for the emotions of my characters to become the readers emotions. The novel I’m working on (for what seems like forever) is more character and emotion driven than plot driven.
I always seem to be chasing confidence. Every time I think I’ve caught up to it, the dang thing slips right through my fingers!
Now, having shared my most vulnerable thoughts with the world on the web, I have some questions for any writers who may have stumbled across my blog. Should I find me some beta readers who are interested in my genre (contemporary women’s fiction, or I like to call this WIP, family dysfunction fiction) and have them tell me where I can make changes that might be more appealing to readers? No, wait, maybe I’m too sensitive to hear their comments. No, I have be able to weather the storm of a bad review or two when it’s published, so I must be able to handle helpful tips.
Ooops, sorry, I morphed into thinking again. So, what are your thoughts about me finding beta readers, and how would you suggest I go about finding them? Should I put out a call for beta readers on my blog? Maybe on goodreads? Do I need to make sure my beta readers enjoy and have read a lot of women’s fiction so they are familiar with what works and what doesn’t?
If you stuck out reading this to the end, I thank you for braving it out through the warped cloisters of my brain.
It’s so important to believe in yourself. Believe that you can do it, under any circumstances … That belief just keeps you searching for the answers, and then pretty soon you get it. ~ Wally “Famous” Amos