Who Do You Listen To?

If you're like any other writer, things can feel as though a blindfold grips your sight and the lights are out--no peeking. You seek with hands that never touch anything,desperate for the slightest indication there are others around.

But it doesn't have to be like that. Writing is a learning process. I look back and can see my writing progression. It's cool, and sometimes cringe worthy, to see my development. But you can always learn from it.  

I've scoured writing magazines, done continuous research on website and within huge books about agents and such. 

But you can't just listen to anyone. Sometimes, even though they may be right with some of the downfalls of your writing, they may go too far with it. You don't want them to steer you in the wrong direction. If enough people say the same thing, then you may want to tweak what you're doing. But don't take one person's critique to heart. 

See, sometimes someone can give you advice that pushes you in a direction that you never would have realized. Maybe something they suggest sparks a thought and you realize how you really wanted to end that story you've been toiling with. 

But don't let it go too far. Use what they say, maybe use none of it. Sometimes the smallest suggestion can spark a thought that profoundly changes your story. 

You know inside how you want your tale to go, how you want your voice to sound. And as you go you will get better at realizing what's wrong with your writing and what is just armature behavior. You'll look back and see others doing it and remember when you were there. 

But be nice to them. You were there once. 


Afterthought: What do you think about a Wednesday post? Might end up doing me in with all the things i'm juggling. But if it will be enjoyed, I wouldn't mind thinking things up. Maybe even subjects you suggest. I might know what you ask, or will research it and tell you what I think about it. 

Let me know in the comments or on Twitter. @WCMarchese 

Until then. 


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