Often, some of the biggest challenges an author faces aren’t from the crazy publishing industry but from their very own nearest and dearest -- their family, friends, and other well-meaning folks who don’t realize that their uninformed comments and suggestions are not only counter-productive, but add even more pressure to an already stressful creative and logistical journey.
An excellent column.
I did a short story ages ago. Passed it around to people I knew.
Turned out being an IQ Test of sorts. The changes/suggestions they made were right out of TV and movies: the most cliche drivel. I never expected it of them.
Now, I'd only let another writer read my stuff.
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