Usually, I talk about how I read things but today I feel a bit more personal. I hope that talking about my process will be of interest to people. Time will tell.
Last night, I finished a rough draft of a novella that I’ve been working on. I’m not sure how to market it because my target audience is very specific. The genre is out of my comfort zone. This girl has always written action heavy stories. Adventures, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy. This is what I know.
I decided to write a story that’s more philosophical. A family story. Nothing “R” rated. It’s more character driven. The family practices earth-centered spirituality and that’s the closest to supernatural that I get. (And it isn’t very supernatural!)
This is going to be the first time I’ve let him read prose from me. He’s read plenty of poetry (I’m romantic like that) but I’ve never really had the courage to show ANYONE my work.
I could think about this awhile. Used to show my mom my work but she was a harsh critic! And I’m sensitive. Hopefully, my hide can get toughened.
So, today while I’m at work, he’s going to be judging me. Talk about nail biting action. I think that I could use some support from my writer friends in the Internet Universe.
What was it like the first time some read one of your works? Any kind words to calm a tense writer down?