Waiting for Criticism

A few trusted friends and wise writers have the novella. I’m as nervous as glass shards. The worst part is the internal dialogue I have while waiting for any response from folks. I conscious that my ego, my low minded greedy-for-praise ego wants to be told it’s only marvelous. I’m also very much aware that there are huge flaws in the work. I am trying to brace myself to hear about these.

Some of it is good. Some of it is outrageously brave. Some of it is juvenile trash. What do I think is going to happen? That my phone will ring, and in true Hanna-Barbera fashion, a hand will reach down the phone line and slap me across the face?

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“It’s for you! Aaand…you’re crap!”

This is the best and the worst part of all this, the reality check that comes with it. I live in my head nearly 100% of the time (where else could I live, when you think about it), so asking for uninterrupted input is hard. But no one made me write the thing. I’ve only myself to blame.

Wish me luck!

4 thoughts on “Waiting for Criticism

  1. susan

    Judging from the first 250 words or so, I don’t think you’ve reason to panic by any means! I do have some first impressions but I’d probably need to read on a little further.

  2. Claire McG

    I had great plans to get stuck into this last night – enjoyed the first couple of chapters, then had a vomiting child to deal with! Am cautiously optimistic that I’ll be able to read on later, as said child seems to be recovering 🙂 But it’s a good sign that I really want to see what happens next! C xx

  3. Sinead O'Hart

    Stoppit, will you. There will be no slapping. All feedback helps the finished piece to be the best it can be; this is a good process you’re on. Thanks for including me in the process!


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