One of the blogs on my daily reading list is Writer Unboxed. Several writers contribute and there's always a good mix of writing tips, interviews, and other writing news. One of the contributors recently signed with an agent and her post gave me renewed inspiration.
Read her story here.
Writers talk about needing a thick skin to deal with harsh criticism and rejection, and I've often wondered how I'll deal with that negativity. So far, whenever I've received suggestions, they've made sense. I have one reader who didn't seem to get what I was trying to do with my story, but other than that, most of the negatives have been things I already knew. My problem with commas, for example.
Yesterday Erica Orloff posted about needing honest critiques if you ever expect to move forward and I realized I've already grown a thick skin. I've been a graphic designer for twelve years and clients can be pretty rough with their opinions. To them, it's not your baby that you've worked on for three days, it's their latest ad and no amount of talking will convince them it'll work. So you start over. You edit. You revise. It's all part of the game.
Same with writing.
Yesterday I tackled a new design project: wedding albums. I've never done anything like it but figured I have a good eye and could stumble through it. Once I figured out the software I really enjoyed myself. Best of all, my friend/client loved what I'd done. Talk about validation. The past several projects I've worked on have been highly praised and my inclination is to tell myself that those people just don't know good design, but when a photographer tells me it's good, maybe it's time I accepted that I might know what I'm doing.
Just a thought.