Writing Tips: Holding on to tight
I've seen this over and over again on the critique site that I use religiously for everything I write. I submit every chapter to be torn apart by fellow writers.
Why do I submit my work to this? The pages that I've poured by blood, sweat, and tears into? The creation that I so tirelessly created? Because I have to.
Here is the thing. Get ready for it. It might hurt.
Your work is not perfect.
There. I'm sorry, but it had to be said. It needs work. It needs tweaking. Editing, the horrid marks of a red pen scribbled all over it. I've seen many authors, novice and otherwise, hand over their work for critique with comments like:
I've been rejected because they just don't understand my work.
Everyone tells me that my characters aren't likable, but I won't change them.
That's just a drop in the bucket. You've penned your masterpiece, or so you think. The problem is, it might need change. If you want to be a real writer, you have to be willing to let go. When they tell you that your plot works better as a thriller and doesn't fit as a romance maybe its the truth. When they say, I can't sell this, I'm worried about...fill in the blank...Perhaps you need to review. Those are comments that I received on my first ever manuscript. I was told "keep writing" and that my writing was good, but the plot...no thanks. So As hard as it was, I kept my characters and started all over.
Two published books later, This re-write is the next book on my list to submit to my publisher. 7 revisions later, I finally have it. I also realize that I can write my original idea as a suspense.
It's not hopeless. Let go, revise, and be great.