Wednesday, 6 November 2013
What's Up Wednesday #14 and IWSG #8
What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Erin L Funk and Jaime Morrow and is a great way for readers and writers to catch up!
What I'm reading
This week I've been reading the second and third books in the Hex Hall trilogy, and rereading the Skulduggery Pleasant series as I've just recently bought the newest book.
What I'm writing
I've been working on my MG fantasy book, but due to going away over the weekend/a rather ill-advised decision to start another edit of Darkworld Book 3, I've not written as much as I'd have liked to. Plus edits on Darkworld 2 and Beneath the Waves are waiting in the background, meaning I'm probably spending more time worrying about not getting things done than actually getting things done...
What else I've been up to
Well, I hopped on a train to visit my long-distance boyfriend this weekend. :) And received a nice surprise - an early Christmas present in the form of a Nintendo 2DS and Pokemon X! Yep, I can finally play the new games! :D Of course, now I have something else to distract me from NaNo. :P
What inspires me right now
Nice reviews! And all the people supporting me. :)
It's also the first Wednesday of November, which means it's time for The Insecure Writers Support Group, the genius creation of Alex J Cavanaugh!
I've had reason enough for insecurity in the past month! Firstly, my book, Darkness Watching was published on the 10th October, and secondly, I've had a review tour on for the past week. If I've been oddly absent from the interwebs, this is why! I know a lot of people advise you not to read your reviews -and that goes double for the bad ones. But I'm a sucker for self-punishment, apparently - that, and my over-active imagination makes things out to be worse than they actually are, so I figured it'd be better to get it over with! And it wasn't too bad...it just made me incredibly jumpy when one of them popped up. Also, trying to write a tricky book whilst reviews of your other book are appearing is distracting to say the least! So I've been trying - and failing - to avoid going online during writing time.
Needless to say, it hasn't been easy. Reviews can, intentionally or not, cause you to doubt yourself as a writer over the most minor point. I'm happy to be told if anything is lacking in my books BEFORE they're published, and I love getting feedback. But post-publication feedback is a different beast altogether, because once your book's published, it's out of your hands. If a critique partner or beta reader points out something you might want to change about your work, you can change it. But after publishing, it's too late to have that option. Readers' interpretations can differ wildly, and there's not a whole lot you can do about it. What one reader loves, another can detest, and sometimes it's something you'd never have thought about. Even looking at reviews of bestselling books can show wildly differing viewpoints, so it's important not to get too stressed about these things! But it's been tough trying to practice that. I'll try harder! People have said some lovely things about my work, and I'm thinking I might frame my nice reviews to put on the wall. I have no regrets about the tour, but sometimes I could switch off my instinct to despair over any less-than-positive comments. My inner self-critic is active enough already!