It’s the Return of the 5th! Um, yes, well. Still recovering from my Star Wars geek-out yesterday (May the 4th be with you), today I bring the monthly offering from the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
The IWSG, founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh, is designed “…to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!”
So let’s rock the neurotic writing world.
This month, we are asking the following question:
Have any of your readers ever responded to your writing in a way that you didn’t expect? If so, did it surprise you?
I am constantly surprised when readers like my writing. I guess that’s the mark of an insecure writer!
Every critique, positive feedback, negative feedback: I treasure them all. I love connecting with readers, hearing how a piece has moved them — or otherwise. Hearing what someone takes from something I’ve written (and how sometimes that’s completely not what I meant) is always fun, too. Then I simply nod, as if to say, “Yes, that was my intention all along.”
Has that ever happened to you?
Do you still get surprised when someone says they enjoy reading your work?
Let me know in the comments!
PS: The Annual IWSG Anthology is out! Dark Matter: Artificial is available now at all good retailers (here’s the Amazon link). You may recall that I sent off a story for this anthology last year. Alas, it did not make the cut — but some fantastic stories from our writing community did! I highly recommend you check them out.
PPS: In my own news, my first ever short story publication came out this week, at AntipodeanSF — Australia’s longest-running online speculative fiction magazine, with editor Ion Newcombe behind the wheel. Ion was also a judge for the aforementioned anthology. Small world, spec fic!
Do check out what other IWSG members have said in response to this month’s question. Click here to visit our blog hop. Happy reading!