My daughter's email began, "I have issues with the book." I had asked her to comment on a draft of the new children's book I'm writing. I respect her opinion--she's a terrific editor, though journalism is her metier and not creative writing. Still, Heather is great reader (Heather Gross is her name). So when I got her email I felt it like a punch to the gut. It took me a few minutes to gather courage to ask her what she meant. She wants my diction to be more child-oriented and less poetic (not sure I agree, but will mull.) And she wants the text streamlined to further the plot. She's right there. Several hours later, I picked myself up again. This morning I'm revising. If you ask for feedback from those you trust (and most of us need feedback), be ready to take it in. Good writing will not be rushed. Writing as a vocation is not for the faint-of-heart! Good luck with your work--Marilyn
Causes Marilyn Kallet Supports
Southern Poverty Law Center, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, ACLU, Amnesty International, Save Darfur.