Hello everyone, sorry for being AWOL for the last while, but exciting news! The first draft of “My Blanket” was completed and awaiting review from a few lucky friends and friends of friends. So after we collect feedback from the readers, we can go back and make any modifications necessary.
Just before anyone gets any ideas, this isn’t the first draft that I created. In fact, this may be the 10th or 11th revised version before this test launch was sent out. So for those looking to write, be prepared to get a lot of feedback – some of it may be consistent, some of it may be totally off base. Whatever the case is, the reader always knows best. I know it’s hard to separate yourself from your own creation, but at the end of the day, it’s the reader that will dictate whether or not your work is good.
For example, my second story, the “Sunflower…” I’ve been given a lot of feedback from Mr. Suba and a few test readers. Though there is some personal investment in the story, the feedback is valid. I know it’ll be a better story overall if I went with it, but I’m just such a proud person that I don’t want to change it.
I guess to recap, the two lessons I’ve learned to getting to this stage are:
1) Accept feedback and work at making something that can please both your artistic vision and the vision of your readers
2) Don’t be lazy. Some changes will require a LOT of re-working, don’t be lazy. Suck it up and keep working.
Nobody will buy something that you’re half proud of, or that you put half your effort into. Make something that you’re proud of. Make something that your readers will be happy to read, over and over again.
Coming soon, I’ll post some of the rejected pictures onto my Facebook page and maybe a few things here and there. Exciting times are ahead!