Taking feedback and running with it
I’m still thinking about the story that I mentioned in a post earlier this week, the one that I ran by the beta-testers that I’d acquired through my newsletter.
On Monday, my sister phoned, and she wanted to know about the comments people had made about the story (she had been one of those to offer feedback). In particular, she wanted to know which comments were those which I’d mentioned had popped up multiple times.
I told her what the comment was, and then added:
“It’s probably true, and I’m going to have to deal with it if I want the story to ever sell, but first I have to get over my attachment to this draft.”
Usually, I write stories that are pieced together from all sorts of incidents that happen in my life, intertwined with things I read in the news (especially science news) or whatever I’m reading. I weave all sorts of elements together into something new and exciting, and if I need to embellish it, tailor it, whatever, it’s all good.
But the story I’d sent out to the mailing list a couple weeks back was an nearly literal transcription of a dream, interpreted immediately upon waking and written down hours later. And even though I know I’m going to have to change that story away from how it unraveled in my head, I can’t seem to let go of that original vision. It doesn’t matter that it’s for the good of the story.
Is that weird?
Got help for me?
I’m hoping some of you out there have written stories, poems, or articles straight out of your dreams and can offer me some advice about how to let go. If you’ve got some advice for me, I’d love to read it in the comments.