If you’re an aspiring novelist, there’s something you should know: your writing sucks.
Okay, that sounded a bit harsh. Let me clarify. What I really mean to say is that there will always be someone in whose eyes your writing sucks.
But that’s okay. Nobody’s writing is for everybody. Even Shakespeare has his detractors. That someone doesn’t take to your writing doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad – though being bad certainly isn’t precluded, either.
Your task is to determine the extent to which your writing sucks in the eyes of your intended audience. That’s why you need beta readers.
So, yeah, I got some beta readers for my novel and got some feedback. And here’s what I learned: my writing sucks.
The good news is that it’s a process, and I’m mastering it as I go. Though I’m disappointed to learn that my final draft isn’t so final, I embrace the opportunity to see my work through others’ eyes and to make improvements.
And to my beta readers: Thanks. I needed that.