Thick Skins

I have been blessed by having friends with very differing tastes in books. Some of them love romance novels and some don’t. I’ve had friends with both outlooks beta-read my works, and all their feedback has been helpful on my path.

The ones who read romance have a wealth of knowledge about the genre. The ones who don’t give me useful insight into writing style and world building–and honestly have helped to toughen my skin. Their feedback has taught me to divorce myself from what others think of the work and what I think of it, to be okay with not everyone liking what I write (I hope hope hope that shielding stands up to my first public reviews!).

As writers, we’re putting ourselves out there. Our works are going to be judged, discussed, liked and disliked. Even negative reviews can hold insight into how to improve my writing–and help me understand which readers are the best match for my works. At the least, any review shows that someone read the work and felt strongly enough about it to take the time to post a review!

I am very well acquainted with how often things change when involved in creative pursuits. After Wandering Soul is published, I’m going to re-read this blog post. And probably laugh. A lot.

I’ll let you know how it goes!

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2 thoughts on “Thick Skins

  1. And I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes! 😉 I think it’s important to be learning, always, more about how we can improve our craft…and a thick skin is integral to surviving that, lol. Good post!

  2. Absolutely. I’ve received some pretty tough feedback in the past. It really did either help me improve my writing or teach me that the person wasn’t a match for my writing style–which is okay! There are so many great authors out there and so many awesome readers. I want the right matches to connect for everyone to enjoy the stories they make or read 🙂 I’m really looking forward to finding more people to squee with about my own stories. That’s actually the most exciting part of publishing for me!

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