First of all, wow.
I can't believe it's already May. I'm not sure if I should be wishing for more time, or be jumping up and down because summer break is just around the corner. No, seriously, I made a countdown right
(The arrow only makes sense if this is the top post on my blog. So for people looking at this in the future... be aware.)
Okay, it took waay longer than it should have to figure out exactly where to point that arrow. And when summer starts, I will have SOOO much more time to write and get my work done. I'm extremely excited about that :)
Now, for my IWSG Post.
I'm insecure about critiquing.
Or critique partnering.
Or beta reading.
They're all very similar, but yes, I'm insecure about it. Don't get me wrong: I'm not insecure about getting feedback or anything like that. I love getting helpful feedback and having more than just my mom's and my best friend's
terribly biased opinion on my work.
I'm insecure about critiquing for other people.
Sure, I've beta read before. I'm beta reading a book right now, and critiquing two more. (When did I ever say I wasn't busy?)
Sometimes the story I'm reading is just too darn good! I mean, there are problems with every book. No book is perfect. But there are times when I have a really hard time finding something to fix.
I can't say I've ever gotten insufficient feedback, but there have been a few where I'd liked to have known more about what I could do to fix my story. And when I give feedback, I want people to to walk away with a bunch of good suggestions and ways to improve their story. I want to make it easy for them to fix things.
So, when I can't find much to fix, it scares me out of my mind!
What about you guys? Are you insecure about critiquing/beta reading?