How can two accomplished, well-known writers critique the same story and give such different feedback?
One person loved it. The other told me to change my style and start over again.
This simple fact became the dilemma for my weekend.
I wrote 364 words and they gave 2 opinions.
Which voice will be stronger? The positive or negative?
Don’t get me wrong, I never expect everyone to enjoy my stories. That would be silly. But I’ve been lucky to share my work with readers that appreciate the intent of my thoughts. Very lucky.
Or maybe most hate the stories and are too kind to say. Ah, there is the old negative pattern trying to worm its way into my psyche. This time I won’t let the bad review creep into my thoughts. I will look the other way.
And let’s be honest. I don’t think I can change. I write the way I write. It is my voice. It is who I am.
Over the four days I met with agents, attended workshops, chatted with famous writers, drank with wannabes, learned about “dino-porn” and connected with as many people as I could. I loved every second of the conference.
I even loved the bad review. It taught me I won’t be devastated by a negative.
Well at least not this time.