Being somewhat of an introvert, I get both excited and nervous when it comes to getting feedback.
Excited because I am open minded, willing to learn and better myself from another’s perspective, nervous because it can be humbling and I respect the word of others.
So I had my first critique session after joining the Singapore Writers Group (http://www.singaporewritersgroup.com/), or more specifically the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Romance Supergroup as I like to call it. Everyone is friendly, interesting, all have diverse perspectives and backgrounds; perfect for getting feedback on writing. It’s also very focused and everyone is in the same boat with the same goal, to have a go at being a successful author.
This is a critical step for anyone wanting to try their hand at writing, because if you DO get published and people read your work, you’re going to have to get used to some criticism. A group with a specific purpose to do just that is a great place to start and it’s not only about getting feedback, it’s also about being inspired to keep going, learning what works and what doesn’t, what needs improving, sharing ideas with like minds and celebrating others successes. I also appreciate how people in the group really care about each others work, take it seriously investing time and effort going through each submission for discussion.
To anyone who might be considering joining a group, do it, do it now! Perhaps you’re nervous, lacking confidence or worried what others might think? Don’t be, people in a writing group are there to help you and support each other. There is more to learn in a group situation receiving feedback than there is sitting at home wondering if you are good enough. You are good enough! Be brave, expand the boundary of your comfort zone and take the next step towards your potential for success.
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele