21 Harsh Truths from the Greats #10

10. Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong. – Neil Gaiman

This. My gods am I dreading this.

I’ve never actually had anything I’ve felt was ready for a beta reader (by the by, if you’re interested, Asylum will be up for beta-reading soon). I’m so scared to go through this process, that I’ll have no idea what advice to listen to and what to ignore- this seriously scares the bejeezus out of me. There’s such a fine line between knowing your audience and writing for your audience (something I don’t actually recommend- keep them in mind but don’t pander to them, or you’ll write more of something that’s already out there. Write for you.) and the whole thing just makes me so nervous-

I know there is no “right” or “wrong” for writing, but still. I don’t have my sea legs on this one yet. Maybe I’ll come back to it again someday if/when I feel better qualified to comment.

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