IWSG 5 May Surprise Response

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) is enjoying its monthly blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. IWSG is a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.   

The awesome co-hosts for the May 5 posting of the IWSG are:

Erika Beebe, Tonja Drecker, Sadira Stone, and Cathrina Constantine!

Wishing my family and friends on both sides of the border, happy Cinco de Mayo day. May we use this day to celebrate our Mexican-American culture.

QUESTION: Has any of your readers ever responded to your writing in a way that you didn’t expect? If so, did it surprise you?

ANSWER: I can’t say anyone reading my writing surprised me with their response.

I can say, I read a piece I wrote in 2018 and was shocked at how poorly it was written. It’s taking a bit of courage, but I’m going to share this piece with my writers’ group as an example of “before” and “after” it was edited by a pro. I hope to prove writers improve with the support of good editors and practice.

Have you ever deliberately exposed your working draft to others?

6 thoughts on “IWSG 5 May Surprise Response

  1. Hi,
    I am so glad your link is working again. I felt your stress. I have had to learn so much about. computers since I have been writing.
    In response to your question, yes, I have shown my writing to others. I’ve had the privilege of showing it to teachers who have critiqued it in one of my OIRWA classes and also to a teacher whose class I took at Writer’s Digest, Both were pretty hard critiques but they helped me tremendously. Since then, I continue to work with a developmental editor who usually get my work when I have edited it several times. Then I send it to her to let her run it before her critical eyes. I know she will be truthful with me when she finds holes in my plot or my structure.

    Hope all is well with you. I thought about you yesterday when I saw the train accident in Mexico City. It was horrible and my heart went out to those people.

    Take care.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

    1. Hi Pat,
      Receiving trusted, honest, and practical comments on our writing is priceless. I stopped using WP in 2016 and the changes have been difficult. I’ve started a self-paced online WordPress course and hope to catch up soon.

      There are few, if any, building codes in Mexico. Safety practices on a construction site are rare. They are building a 10 story condo building close by. The risks taken by the workers is scary. My heart goes out to those all affected by the train accident. Incidentally, I thought of the infrastructure in the US. It’s in sad need of repair.

      Thank you for visiting and sharing your experience.

  2. Lynn, every expert out there was a newby at one time. You’re right to be surprised. You’ve come a long, long, way. I’m so happy for you. Your writing is wonderful.

    1. Hi Joy,
      Isn’t it weird how many writers continue to trudge on, ignore the nagging self-doubt voice, while letter by letter they build a word, sentence, paragraph, story. Thanks for always cheering me on.

  3. That just shows you how much you’ve grown as a writer. I’d be afraid to go back and read any of my published books. I’d want to adjust all of them I’m sure.

    1. Sure, we all gain gain wisdom and that would factor in, but I think you’d be impressed with the high quality of your work. Thanks for visiting.

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