Hey hey, I’m over at Writer Unboxed today! Wanna check out my post, maybe leave me some love? Sweet, thanks! Here’s a teaser:
As writers, we’re used to having the last word. (“The End,” right?) In fact, we’re used to having every word. In our stories, we get to give voice to all of our thoughts, opinions, and experiences – be they fictional or otherwise. We hold the mic, and we don’t have to share.
Until we want to get published, that is.
Assuming that’s your goal, then suddenly there are going to be a lot of people grabbing the mic and telling you what’s what. Your friends, family, critique partners, potential agents and editors, and worst of all, your own Internal Editor. That’s a lot of voices competing for attention – the uproar can be overwhelming. My first inclination is usually to try and grab the mic back, to wrest the situation under my control again.
But here’s what I’ve learned (from years of being proven wrong): it’s better to bite your tongue.