The first Wednesday of the month, the Insecure Writers Support Group hosts a sharing of blog posts. The Group generates a question to stimulate bloggers’ thoughts about the insecurities of writing.
Below is a link to others who are possibly participating this month.
I participated years ago. It’s a new year, a great time to start fresh.
The writing prompt question this month is:
January 6 question – Being a writer, when you’re reading someone else’s work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people’s books?
Here is an answer:
I receive stories from young writers who want me to give feedback about a story idea. I experience frustration because I can’t tell if the story idea is good. The story idea might be good but I can’t tell because the draft is too raw. I find it hard to give feedback because the quality of the draft I’m given is so poor.
When you’re just getting started, you don’t know what you don’t know. I’ve learned more in the last year about writing than I’d learned in all the previous years. I would be embarrassed to trot out today any of the stories I wrote before this year.
I write this to say I understand where those young writers are. I am empathetic. I wish I knew how to encourage them and still give them the feedback they need.
I wish they understood how much easier it would be for me to give them feedback if they would spend some time cleaning up their draft. I can’t tell if a story idea is good if I can’t see past the poor quality of the draft.