After having received positive feedback from a writing group on the first chapter of my novella, The Red Bridge, I have recently received positive feedback on my short story, Chasing Her.
When I sent Chasing Her to my editor for review (it was the first piece I sent her), I received the critique that I expected but I also received words of encouragement that I did not expect.
“First of all, I will say you are a very good writer. I’m glad you are becoming serious about using your gift. Many published writers don’t write as well.”
Although I value critiques from family and friends, I understand the true measure of one’s work is weighed in the critiques they receive from strangers who tend to be more honest with providing necessary criticism.
Unsure of what it was about my writing she found impressive, I pressed her for more information and I received the following response:
“You just did a great job at telling the story in a way that keeps the reader on the edge of her seat while wondering where you’re going with the story. It sounds like that’s what you were going for, and you accomplished it.”
It’s this kind of encouragement that provides me with the needed sustenance to continue down the lonely road of writing.