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|Jury of my peers--Be nice, please?!|
I will listen and scribble mad notes while two of them critique my work.
A jury of my peers: no longer online, faceless avatars, but people I consider my friends.
I'm not afraid they'll be mean. These are my friends and I know they'll be nice. But they will also be honest, which is the point.
As many of you know, it's been a tricky few weeks in my writing life. After all the pages in all the stories I've written, I feel like I can better identify my weaknesses. This is a good thing--it means I'm learning.
It also means I have a long road ahead.
Yet, in the past week your comments to my blog questions have put my story (and my frame of mind) back on track. I feel so energized to write that I want to take a sick day and camp out with a pot of coffee and my computer. I want to prove to all of you that I'm not really this ridiculous of a writer. I want you to know I've listened to your questions, considered my story from the angles you helped me see, and I want my story to be all the better as a result. Especially six weeks from now.
Knowing friends will read my story ups the ante even though it shouldn't. Feedback is feedback, whether from my mom, an agent, a friend, or someone I've never met. But I feel an extra dose of motivation to put my best foot forward on this first impression.
How about you: Do you feel extra pressure when showing work to other writers?