Every two weeks I meet with my critique group to review my current WIP. It always amazes me that no matter how perfect I try to make my draft, they always seem to find some error I have made in my story. I know in my work as a graphic artist, that it is important to have a second set of eyes double check a project. When you are working too closely on a job it is very easy to over-look sometimes the simplest error.
Author Jody Hedlund recently did a blog post discussing the shame and embarrassment that authors feel when they get feedback on their manuscripts. In her post she reminds us:
Every writer needs outside assistance in making a book worthy for readers. There’s no shame in admitting we make mistakes. It’s natural and normal for our books to have flaws, sometimes many.
Jody lists three truths she has come to accept:
1. No writer can get a story perfect the first time.
2. Writers can’t see their story the way the audience does.
3. Writers need to love the vision they have for their stories and not the words.
These are wise words and make me feel a little better about those pesky mistakes I always seem to make.
Be sure to check out the rest of Jody’s post, it is filled with great information and insight.
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