With apologies to Whitesnake, well here I go again (…on my own…). My short story for Saucy Chronicles II: The Dragons goes up for critique Monday. This is actually the second time my story has gone up. The first time, it just wasn’t ready and the group was gracious in letting me withdraw it to work on it some more and resubmit it.
That draft was ambitious. I tried to write first person from a female point of view and to include some darker scenes that are difficult for me to write. I’m glad I challenged myself as it’s the only way to grow.
I learned an important lesson from that rejection. I can’t just sit down and write a great story. Maybe one day I will, but I doubt it. Great writing takes work. Much more work than I put into that first draft. Somehow, I got it in my head that I could just bang out a story in a couple of days and people would love it. I couldn’t have been more wrong, and I’m glad to have learned that lesson now.
I have been hard at work on my story ever since, and so much has changed it’s hardly recognizable to the original I submitted. The original title was “Courageous Love” which many in my personal circles will recognize. That title is gone, and now it’s called “Rebellion”.
I do feel like this draft is written better than the story I contributed to the original anthology. I feel like I have grown as a writer, but it’s clear from reading some of the other submissions that I’ve still got a long, long way to go.
If I said wasn’t a little nervous about the critique to come, I’d be lying to you. I was lead critiquer on Jack’s story, and I feel like I really didn’t balance the positive and negative comments very well. I know I need constructive criticism, but Laura, one of Saucy Ink’s newest members said how I feel so well:
no matter how loudly we protest that we want constructive criticism (and really, honestly do want it!), deep down, we really really hope that people will simply look at us and love us. I mean, er, look at our writing and love it. See its inner brilliance. – Laura of Saucy Ink
I identify so much with that thought.
Wish me luck as the critiques start rolling in. Here I go again……