Why I Almost Quit Writing
And here we are again. I was remiss in not introducing myself the first time I posted. My name is W. Lynn Chantale. Please call me Lynn. I’ve written professionally now for a little over a year. There were a couple of forays into vanity presses, but that’s another post. Since this month’s theme is Back to Romance or First Times, I thought about first times.
Yes this Queen of Sensuality (that’s a first too, never had a title like that, :-)) has had many firsts, but the one for today is reviews.
Oh yeah that one little word can send a writer to heights of pleasure of the depths of despair. No one really warned me that readers or reviewers could or would crucify my work. So the first review for my first novel…ever. Yeah, two firsts there, was not good.
I know. Shocking, right. Who wouldn’t love Seducing His Wife? It has a great cover. It’s about a married couple struggling to regain their love for one another while facing some other obstacles. Lots of conflict and drama with a few sexy moments thrown in and a whole lot of love.
When I read the Amazon review, I’ll be honest I wanted to give up, quit and never write another word again. That’s how badly those words cut and I’m sure I’m not the only author who has felt this way. Some points I will concede, my heroes aren’t the typical alpha, beta or whatever other letter male one can find in the How-to write romance book. And that’s fine, because if you take a look around at the men strutting the earth, you’ll find they can’t be put in a mold either.
So if listening, planning romantic events or being patient makes a man weak, well then don’t read anything I write. You’ll be sadly disappointed that the hero doesn’t grab the heroine by the hair and drag her off to the bedroom. (That’s another genre entirely)
It’s still a little difficult to read that first review, I still carry the impact of ever being good enough. Doesn’t matter how many more books I’ve put out or that there have been other reviews, good reviews. The first mean one lingers, like an ache in the joints before it rains.
Do I still read reviews? I try really hard not to, even if they’re good. I’d rather be blissfully unaware of what a reader or reviewer has said then experience a blow to my ego. If you didn’t know writers are fragile creatures, a little skittish and sometimes easily hurt. Maybe I was naive to think that while everyone might not like what I write, that they would find something nice to say, but I guess that’s just me.
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Until next time Indulge Your Inner Romantic