One of my writing groups decided that with the viral outbreak it would be a great idea to meet in a conference call setting. I agreed as lately, I've felt the need to attend critique groups at any and all cost. See, the more I drag myself into these groups, the more writing I get done. While they can be tedious for me due to the sheer number of poets and lack of fiction writers that attend, at least they keep me writing.
Today it was a lot harder to see that silver lining in them. I rolled away from my desk thinking, wth?!?
Why the mind-numbing trouble? Well, today drove home a really fine point for me that a lot of us writers tend to forget. Critique groups can often be very subjective, and the advice you get there is just that, advice. You may or may not be the smartest person in your group or room, but so is everyone else there. The advice given is NOT, and this is something we all need to continually remind ourselves, the golden rule or necessarily right for the piece.
If you're curious what the fuss is about, I've thrown up the piece in question in the forum fantasy section that I've linked. https://www.writingforums.org/threads/trolld-476-words-flash-fantasy-fiction.165220/
So yeah, remember folks. Ultimately you're the writer, and it's your work. If multiple people think something is confusing, sure it's worth a different approach and look, but keep in mind... you can't hold everyone's hand and some people will never get what you write especially if it's not in their normal genre.
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