>Protecting the Work

>Thanks to Gail Dayton, my accountability partner, for the title and phrase for this post. I was thinking in terms of believing in your story, etc., but her phrase “protect the work” fits SO much better. Thanks, Gail!

It’s taken me a long time, as a writer, to get to the point where I’m able to “protect my work”. In other words, I feel secure enough in my vision of a manuscript to discard advice given in a critique, even if it comes from a published author.

That’s not to say I’m so married to my words that I ignore anyone who doesn’t agree with me. Not at all. I’ll admit to a little arrogance now and again, but mostly it’s that I’m able to step back from the criticism now and look at the advice more objectively.

For me, majority rules – most of the time. If three people love something or ‘get’ it and one doesn’t? Go with the three, but remember, your opinion counts too.

If they’re split 50/50, it’s your call. Ask yourself, What works better for your story, your character, your vision?

I hadn’t really thought about how knowing what kind of story you want to write helps to give a writer enough confidence to “protect the work” until I read Gail’s insightful blog entry. She’s absolutely right, IMO. I didn’t always know what kind of story I wanted to write. Vaguely, yes. Concretely, no. But once I had that direction pinned down, my story ideas came more sharply into focus.

Look for a post later this week on how to determine what kind of story (or stories) you write best.

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About Annie Rayburn/Carol Burnside

As an author of sizzling romance, Annie takes contemporary settings. and incorporates twists with sci-fi and paranormal elements.
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2 Responses to >Protecting the Work

  1. Devon Gray says:

    >Hi Carol- Great post! I’m glad I ignored the advice to never write in the first person. Apparently, that is my natural “voice” and the manuscript that got picked up. Now, I need to go back and write the other manuscripts in the first person…dang it!


  2. Gail Dayton says:

    >Hey, Carol! Glad my post was some help. Sometimes it is hard to know what you want to write, but once you do, you got to hang on tight. I’ve found that sometimes my readers don’t “get it” because I didn’t explain things properly. That’s usually when I have to head back to the drawing board…


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