Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Inspired by Feedback! Thursday's Children

Yep, not so long ago I tweeted Rhiann Wynn-Nolet to tell her I wouldn't do this post because I wasn't inspired. Then the strangest damn thing happened. I drank a glass of vino, popped around the blogosphere, and presto, blammo, inspiration!


So what inspires me? Pretty much everything, but today I'm talking about feedback. I love hearing from savvy beta readers. That perfect combination of sweet and salty, this is good, this needs work is often the smidge of motivation I need to plow through a sticky point.

On my current WIP, I had fits and starts. I wrote 38k and scrapped it, only to write another 18k and start to dig my toes in the made-of-suck-sand. Fortunately, I sent that 18k to two faithful readers who told me that the sand was not made-of-suck at all. It was in fact, perfectly good sand with some areas of crystalline perfection and some areas that needed the seaweed mucked out.

The little bit of atta-girl, along with some well-placed constructive criticism, was enough to get me rolling again.

So does sharing your work motivate you? Can you let the positives spur you on without letting the deltas get you down?

To see the rest of the inspiration posts, check out the Linky List.


19 comments:

  1. Yes indeedy, the sweet and the salty are both needed. To keep me writing and to make my writing better. I have a couple of betas who are pretty much candy. They're ideal for those "made-of-suck" moments.

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    1. I have one of those readers, too. And she's willing to read first drafts! Priceless.

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  2. I laughed out loud at "made-of-suck-sand"! (I love the beach) Sweet and salty is the perfect combo, and it does motivate me to write. Great post!! :)

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  3. Just the term made-of-suck-sand tickled my sense of humour too. I know that stretch of beach very well thank you! I love my beta readers too - so many times they've encouraged me enough to see the gold in my work too - and I am grateful for every one.

    I've been going through a similar experience with my novel - so I totally understand. Wishing you all the best to push through!

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    1. Oh, I'm through! It's close to finished now. Waiting on a few final readers before zipping it off to agent lady.

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  4. Ah...I live at the beach of made-of-suck-sand right now. My critique group meets next week, and I'm so looking forward to the atta-girls.

    Oh, how I hope there are atta-girls. If not, well, I'll let you know so you can come bury me up to my eyeballs.

    GREAT post! Motivation keeps me going through the suck!

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    1. No, no, no! This is a beach for driving by only! Not for living! So pack your bags lady and get out of there, quick!

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  5. I just scrapped my WIP and started again. That suck-sand happened every time I sat at the keyboard. So I reminded myself that if I'm not enjoying it (passionate about it), it's not a good story. With a few crazy changes to my characters which make me smile every time I sit down, it now flows. So, stepping back for fresh air and new thoughts helps me.

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    1. I was worried I'd do it endlessly on this book, so I needed rescuing! Glad you found a trick for yours!

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  6. Thanks so much for joining us on Thursday's Children! My Beta readers and CPs (including the lovely Rhiann) are definitely a constant source of inspiration for me, too. Sometimes we need real live cheerleaders besides the ones in our mind to push us through to the finish line ;-)

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  7. After spending so much time with another novel it took me a while to get excited about a new project. I started a few but then scrapped them. I love posting about my work on my blog. The writing community is so supportive and keeps me motivated.

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    1. Yes, the support is amazing. And new project, yay!

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  8. I honestly don't know what I'd do without my CPs and my writer friends. Some days they're the only thing that pulls me out of being The Queen of Suck. :) Their motivation is priceless! :)

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  9. I've got wonderful critique partners (CP). I always get excited when my CPs return a chapter. They usually spot things I can fix or give suggestions that make the scene richer.

    http://www.miaceleste.com/?p=213

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  10. The best feedback is honest feedback. A gushing 'it's wonderful' can do just as much harm as a damming 'I hate it'. I've had both and now only share my works in progress with people I know will tell the truth.

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  11. I think sharing work, especially to eager Beta readers, is thrilling!

    I don't think of it as finding out whether something sucks or doesn't suck, I see it as a chance to share my world and other characters to see if they're connecting with it or not. When they do, as you say, it feels great! When they don't, at least they can help nudge me into figuring out why.

    So yeah! I wish I had more Beta readers. I say if you've got people who are willing — share share share!!

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  12. I'm right here now! My WIP is out to 4 betas and I've heard back from 3. Yes, the combination of "This is great!" and "Here's a sticky spot" is just the ticket. As for getting inspired over a blog post, sometimes that doesn't happen till I open the little window in Blogger and start typing.

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