This month, MuseItUp authors will be showcasing an interesting theme throughout March:
Publishing and/or Writing Pet Peeves and How I Solved Them
First on the line-up is 'moi', and I have a few to share.
1- I love criticism of my work because it allows me as an author to grow, to 'see' what the beta reader is trying to tell me, and then to judge whether or not change is needed and how I should go about perfecting my work. My pet peeve, however, is when the criticism is sarcasm: "You sure you want to be a writer? Why don't you stick with hairdressing."
In some ways I owe this 'writer' a huge thanks because if it wasn't for that amazing criticism that naturally didn't pinpoint what he didn't like from my submission, I may not have pushed myself harder to prove him wrong. Did I have to prove him wrong? No. I am the only person I need to prove something to.
As writers, you will come across this pet peeve where criticism may have nothing to do with your writing at all but more because of a lack of understanding as to what it is that motivates your long hours writing stuff that may or may never get published. Or it could be jealousy. Who knows?
I resolved this by pushing negative forces out of my way. That's not to say I push negative and good criticism out of the way. Oh no! Then a writer would be doing a big misfortune to their career if we didn't allow ourselves to listen and heed helpful comments. Remember that writing is an ongoing learning experience. The day a writer says "I know all that there is to know about writing." they are DOOMED!
2- "I really can't write like Stephen King/Nora Roberts/etc." And who says you have to write like them? That's another pet peeve that makes me 'ugh' when I hear these comments. It takes years of writing practice, redoing drafts, rewriting scenes, shaping characters to be their own identity...in other words, to find YOUR voice. If you sound like the ones above what really separates your writing from them and being considered a copycat? I never had to resolve this pet peeve only because I've always wanted to develop my own Lea Schizas voice.
3- "So, how much do you make as a writer?" hehehehe This sentence used to bug the beegeebees out of me until I finally came upon the perfect response: "So, how much do you make as a stock clerk/teller/manager/cook/waitress/etc?" Most of the time they'd shut up, then again you have a few who are proud to brag about their yearly income. At that point, I'd simply say, "Get outta here! Really? Wow, k, you beat me." And leave it at that. They'd be so full of themselves they would forget I didn't respond.
First off, it's a pet peeve because no one has to know how much I do or do not make as a writer. That's my business. And my resolution was to simply ignore a straight answer by being sarcastic or shooting the same question back in their face.
There are so many more pet peeves I'd like to mention but invite you, our readers, to leave a few of your own and how you resolved them.
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