This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s insecurity: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?
My pet peeve about writing is:
not knowing who to believe.
My critique group has varied opinions on submittals, often different suggestions on exactly the same section. When I attend conferences, I’m likely to get opinions that are 180 degrees from two different seminars. Submitting to agents–don’t even get me started. They admit that they are looking for a particular story that is often time sensitive. Meaning: If they have too many vampire books, no matter how good mine is, they won’t take it.
Don’t get me wrong–I understand all of this. I’ve done exactly the same in all of these people’s shoes. That’s not my pet peeve. My concern is, as a writer, these truths make it difficult to know what to believe and what is simply someone’s opinion offered through the lens of their personal needs and interests.
Here’s what I do: I write my story the best way I can. When I follow a rule, I know I’m doing so. If I break one, it’s done not out of ignorance but intent. Beyond that, it’s about my voice. Is it unique enough to rise about the white noise of other authors?
I don’t know, but I hope so.
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.