Posted October 19, 2011on:
Writing is a solitary activity. The only person who can get inside my head to dump the contents onto paper is me. But are we truly lone rangers? In my humble opinion, no one–writers included–can live in a vacuum. I not only need social interaction with the rest of humanity (a great source of character and plot ideas!) for a healthy perspective on life, I desperately need writing-related input from other writers, proofreaders, editors, publishers and readers. As my critique partner, Peter, says, It takes a team.
We writers are myopic, some of us more so than others. We know what we meant to say, even if others don’t “get it.” We picture the setting, the characters, the scene clearly in our heads. But our words may not convey that picture clearly to our readers. That’s where the team comes in. Listen to your teammates. They may not always be right, but at the least, they’ll help you to better focus your work. And your writing will more attractive to potential publishers, thanks to their comments.
Remember, even the Lone Ranger needed Tonto!