“It’s the author’s job to hold the heart of the story in her hand, but to be willing to let the words slip through her fingers.” Jody Hedlund

Once you are far enough into writing a novel and really committed to the story, the next big leap into the writing world  is to open yourself up to readers for feedback. I’ve had many of my short pieces critiqued in writing classes and benefited from the nurturing and enlightening environment. But, I have been unabashedly  insecure to let anyone read the novel I’ve been working on for the last three years. My reluctance to put my writing of “Lupita’s story ” on a viewing cutting block, where I know it needs to go to make it better,  is as illusional as ~ if I don’t think about it, it won’t happen.”

An author I admire for all she gives to the writing community is Jody Hedlund. In a recent blog post  The Unnecessary Shame Writers Feel When Getting Feedback  she wrote  “No matter our skill level, no matter how many years we’ve been writing, no matter how many books we have under our belts, all writers need help with editing and usually lots of it”

Hedlund’s words couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Learning what my job as a story teller is and having validation that it doesn’t have to be perfect the first time out, has me (almost) ready to submit pages of my Work-In-Progress. *WIP*

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2 responses to ““It’s the author’s job to hold the heart of the story in her hand, but to be willing to let the words slip through her fingers.” Jody Hedlund

  1. Bill Shaffer

    Thanks Chris, I miss your blog. I have always enjoyed what you write. Please keep it up.
    Love,
    Uncle Bill

  2. Jenny

    Hi Chris. I find it hard to send stuff out for critique too, but whenever I have, I’ve learned important things – story ideas that didn’t fly, characters that worked and those that didn’t, and ways to make my writing stronger. I think you just have to steel yourself and send it 🙂

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