Our Voices, Our Selves

Day 28 of the Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May-Book Giveaway.

Today’s question: So much of writing success has to do with a willingness on each writer’s part to receive, sort, and process feedback and criticism. Are you experienced at this? Can you separate yourself from each piece of writing and see each piece you write as a work-in-progress that stands on its own, even as you continue to work on it?

My response: As an essentially non-fiction writer, it is perhaps more difficult for me to separate myself from my writing than if I was writing totally from my imagination. Right when I was beginning to submit pieces to anthologies, I had one editor tell me that while she thought I was an excellent writer, the writings I had submitted were neither humorous nor inspirational. Ouch! So I shelved them for awhile, and had serious doubts about my ability to write. It took many more submissions before I realized that: 1) not everyone is going to like my writing, so to find publications whose style matches mine, and 2) that suggestions for improvement are merely that: suggestions, and 3) I have total control over my finished product, while the editor only has control of what they accept for their publication. I do not always agree with suggested edits, but now I am willing to consider them, as long as they are presented in a way that respects my voice and my self.

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