Subjectivity

I have my new story just about done but I’ve been letting some nice people read it to give me constructive criticism. This brings me to the point I’m trying to make about perception and subjectivity. Two people gave me ideas on how to fix a few things and their feedback was so very much appreciated. The last person that read it loved it just how it was sent to them and said it was their favorite story of mine so far. Funny how one person can love something and others don’t.

It’s like if I go see a movie and love it but my friend thinks it’s trash, that bugs me. I’m not sure why but it does. For instance, I loved Sucker Punch and Hunger Games. Yet my friend Melissa didn’t really care for Hunger Games and hated Sucker Punch. That still bugs me to this day.

My point is, sometimes you simply have to just take the good and the bad and grow with it. If not for the first two friends, I wouldn’t have realized my mistakes in this story. If not for the third, I wouldn’t have seen how much someone actually loved it.

I’m saving this one to submit to a couple of places before I publish it because some places won’t take anything that’s been published elsewhere. Wish me luck.

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About Karsun

I’m a freelance writer, website designer and overall Jill of all trades that lives in sunny and stormy Florida. Shauna Klein is my pen name and I’m married with children that have fins, feathers and fur. I have a short story in the Cemetery Dance book In Laymon’s Terms and a blurb in the book The Ice Limit by Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child. I also have short stories on Amazon that can be found by searching for Shauna Klein.

Posted on April 1, 2012, in Getting started, mistakes and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Just because someone thinks more work is needed doesn’t mean they don’t love it, Shauna. It is hard for one writer to look at another’s work and provide constructive comments without throwing a bit of their own bias of how writing “should” be. In reality, good writing “should” be the author’s voice, not the commenter’s. So ignore comments that you feel would take anything away from your story (it is yours, after all) but think about what the commenters say about why they feel one area or another needs work or sounds awkward. Read it out loud; that can tell you a lot about how it flows. Then if you like it as is, go for it. If it sounds a little jumpy, or rough, or not really what you wanted, consider the changes you want. Nobody gets to write your story but you!

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