Author and publisher, Arlene Chase, once told me that to be a writer you had to have a thick skin. How true! I talk to aspiring writers and the one thing that holds many of them back from writing is the critique from others. I recently saw a post on Facebook where the person had asked her friends if they wanted to read her new novel. All of her friends replied that they would love to read her novel. That may be great for the ego, but not for the quality of the writing. Friends never want to hurt your feelings. What you want is honesty, frankness, and truthfulness above all. I have three readers that are allowed complete freedom when they read my manuscripts. Sometimes the red marks are discouraging, but their remarks and corrections are what will make me a better writer—hopefully. If a friend or acquaintance tells me they found a grammatical error, I don’t wring my hands and implore them to tell me the exact location on the page in the book. I don’t try to explain the difficulties of writing and publishing my books. I just make a mental note to work harder on my next book to eliminate errors. The writer needs to continue to improve and not become stuck correcting past manuscripts.
My latest novel will be out in June. In her late fifties and recently divorced, Olivia Kennedy Kimsey is confronted with no money, a rebellious daughter and reoccurring dreams from a recently murdered young woman named Vickie Taylor. As she investigates Vickie's death, she discovers four other women who have disappeared after joining the cougar dating […]