Insecure Writers Support Group, where on the first Wednesday of every month we expose our foibles to a cruel world! The subject this month is a little more positive than usual: What's the best thing anyone has ever said about your writing?
For me, it's when someone said my writing made them cry. I blogged about it way back in 2008. Here's the post:
I've been busy editing my second fantasy novel these past few weeks. My
first novel got rejected by an editor at a major publishing house, but
she wants to see my second one. I sent out a panicked email to a couple
of my writing newsgroups asking for critiques. It was kind of a tall
order--read and critique a 87,000 word novel in less than a month.
Nonetheless, seven people replied.
That's one of the great things
about the writing community, most writers support one another. Oh, I've
met some notable exceptions, usually writers who have recently become
successful and have gotten a swelled head, but all in all we're a pretty
The critiques were quite helpful. Besides catching some typos (you can never
catch them all yourself) they had some good suggestions for fleshing
out the supporting characters, and clearing up a few scenes. They were
also very complimentary. One even said the nicest thing anyone has ever
said about my writing--that one scene made her cry.
never been happy about making someone cry since breaking up with a
certain deserving ex-girlfriend in college. The scene was designed to
make the reader cry, but I didn't think it actually would.
I can only hope it will make the editor cry
NOTE: It didn't. That novel, like my first one, got rejected. I was at the beginning of my fiction writing career and didn't know as much as I do now. Hopefully I can now make readers cry more reliably than in those early days.