First, I’d like to tell you that I took my advice from my last blog post and shared a short story I’ve been working on with several readers, including the writer’s circle. *Pats self on the back*
While I’m excited that I am putting my work out there, I am not entirely sure about my readers and how they will receive what I’ve written. I certainly believe there is an audience for my writing out there, but the writer’s circle I belong to very well may not be it. I use bad language. It has more romantic themes and less of a literary “slice of life” style. It’s certainly a slice of life, but is it one that my readers I’m sharing with now will relate to? I’m not so sure.
One of the people I’ve consistently shared my writing with, because like myself she is a reader and tinkers with the idea of writing, is my mom. Can I just tell you it’s a little odd submitting for her perusal a story that mentions some less than delicate subjects? Awkward.
But this is the story that I needed to tell right now – as our writer’s circle leader often says – and so I went ahead and put it out there. I suppose that in keeping with the idea of going confidently toward the hope of one day being published, I have to know that not everyone is going to like what I say or how I say it. And I need to be ok with that. Though perhaps if I ever publish my romance genre novels, I may just have to warn my dear old mom which chapters to skip right over.
Certainly my writer’s group will have those who probably just shake their head or are ready to flee in the opposite direction from anything I submit in the future, but I do have to learn to be true to my own voice.
I do look forward to having people who will enjoy my work as much as I have enjoyed writing it, and to someday, hopefully, have an audience of my own.
Tom Hiddleston has said that an actor is not an actor without an audience, and certainly I am feeling that an author cannot fully be an author without having an audience.
Who will my audience be?