One of the great things about feedback is that it can really reinforce how you feel about your own work.

This week I submitted my last 30 pages of my new novel for workshopping and the best comments came early and were very astute. People wanted less telling and more showing and I agreed. It is no small feat mind you as there is a ton of backstory in my new novel and getting it out has been a challenge, although one I seem to be rising to. But there were also comments like, "I don't think she would do that" "I needed more detailed description" "I wanted to know what that person was doing when this person was saying this..." etc. all very valid comments, but what I found was that it helped remind me what it was that I liked.

I like complicated characters, people who do and say things that they shouldn't, writing the essence of a character with just a hint of description about them so that my reader can use their own imagination to picture them, tough moral decisions, flaws...so many wonderful flaws. I want my reader to say, "but why would she do that if she really loved him?" "And how can she do that to a friend?" "And what kind of a woman...?" I love this because, none of us are perfect and in our real life we may not be so brave to make these choices, but in fiction our characters get to. They get to travel down roads that a lot of us can only wonder...what would my life have been like if I had been...so selfish? brave? adventurous?

Workshopping, not only helps me with my writing, but it helps me find my audience. And that is a very valuable thing indeed.


robert e said...

hey gina - thought you might like this quote, makes the struggle clear, you may have seen it already:

"Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public."
- Winston Churchill

cheers, robert

Gina Sorell said...

Robert I LOVE this quote!! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Gives me hope that the monster will be tamed!!
And then published... :)

xo G

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