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.
I just got my first review on Amazon by someone I do not know in the least. What I mean is sure, my friends loved my story and left me good ratings and feedback. I also have some great people I met through here and Facebook that left good reviews and I love them for that. However, this is a total stranger. She wrote….well heck, I’ll quote it here and by the way, it’s for Peaceable Kingdom.
I generally don’t read this type of thing but I figured I could hack a few pages just to see how it has such high reviews. oh wow! that’s all I can say. I never imagined that ending. sure it was a touch on the crude side but whatever, it was a good read that will stick with you.
Now how cool is that? I love that someone left a good review and it wasn’t someone that may feel obligated or my be biased simply because they know me. Then again, maybe my friends that haven’t left a review are the ones that didn’t like it. Either way, I’m thrilled!
Now if I can just get this new story to flesh out like I want it. I read something by a great author. He basically said that the qualities of a great writer are (1) that you can think up a great story and (2) that you can execute it. I can think up some great stuff but it’s the execution that is hard for me. I know what I want it to say but making it pan out right is the hard part. Hey, I’m learning though. 🙂