I normally write a way more wordy post every week. But this thread on when and how to take criticism on your work was just too perfect. Enjoy:
(It’s a thread. Be sure to click through it and read the whole thing!)
And now, an unrelated thought-dump on blogging, and what topics to blog about!
In completely unrelated news, there’s an offhanded comment in that Twitter thread about how outdated social media guidance used to tell folks to blog about writing–which is what I’m doing here. (I knew the advice when I started, ironically; I just like talking about process.) That’s actually something I grapple with: goodness knows there’s only so much advice you can get out of lil’ ol’ me, a lady with a handful of very minor publishing credits. I haven’t made it yet, either.
But I’d like to think that this blog is more about things I’ve read and thought about, and occasionally stuff I actually do know quite a lot about–from a professional “I do this as my day job” way–like editing and formatting things in Word. I certainly don’t tell people how to do things I haven’t accomplished, like, er, selling a lot of books. (I hope so, at least. Golly.) But that’s why most of mine are about talking about the much more universal experience of how it feeeeeeels to submit to agents.
That said, this is something I’ve grappled with a lot, as most platform-building books talk about how you should blog about things related to your genre, your book’s theme, or the topic you specialize in, which… is advice that’s very easy to apply to non-fiction writers, and extremely hard to apply to genre. I write light action-adventure fantasy that spans a lot of different flavors and styles. “Here are my characters! Here’s what I’m writing! I’m doing some worldbuilding”-style posts feel navel-gazey and totally boring to anyone who’s not me–and I feel like I’d have to actually cultivate a fangirl or two before anyone particularly cares what I think about Faye Whitlock, the protagonist from Justice Unending, for example.
Anyway! Ironically, all of this is also extremely navel-gazey–I’m sure most readers also don’t care about what I’m blogging about!
In any case, it’s something I have–and will continue to–brood over. Carving out your niche online, that thing where you say “This is what I like to talk about and what I think I can successfully share” is hard, and it’s something I think I’ll be grappling with for a while.