A strong voice and honest thoughts from Aaron Jacobs.
The rallying cry of the aspiring writer is typically some variation of “could you look at this for me? I really can’t tell if it’s any good or not.”
This is fair. This is a completely normal reaction to reviewing your own work. This is something that happens to literally everyone who writes, even published authors I have spoken to who’ve got large fanbases clamoring for their work and an agent/editor talking about how much fun their writing is to read on a regular basis.
You have to take a step back, though, and really look at your writing if you find yourself saying that out loud so often. If you write, you probably read. You know what story structure looks like. You know what a good hook looks like, and you know that it makes certain promises to the audience that you need to fulfill over the course of…
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