I’ve been meeting with a small writer’s group lately. We each bring a few pages of our work and get feedback from other members. I started going to these meetings thinking I was going to knock all their socks off with my writing. But it turns out I’m not. Without even realizing it, I discovered I was writing for myself. I knew the big picture, so subconsciously I wasn’t including precious details. That’s probably why my book sales suffered, and why I get more questions than congratulations from readers of my stuff.
Here’s the kicker. Bit by bit I’ve been noticing the lack of detail in my stories. I began to write for other people in mind and not just myself. The group changed my writing for the better.
So thanks to the Ink Well Writing Group. With their help, I’ve been able to focus on making sure the reader can understand my writing. The best part is, in terms of my writing, there’s nowhere to go but up.