I was just hanging out with a couple writing inclined people today and we talked about how the prospect of receiving feedback about something you have written can be frightening. Whether script or novel, you have presumably taken what is in your heart and mind and (hopefully) squeezed it all out on the page in the form of something resembling a story (see – Song Inspiration vol. 41 – for more about this…is it douchey to reference my own blog?).
I look at feedback this way: it is someone’s opinion of how you can make your writing (or other artistic endeavor) better. Feedback is vital to the writing process and it took me a few years and some classes to figure this out. Ultimately, it has nothing to do with you, it has to do with your story and your characters. Separating you from those things might be hard sometimes because writing is such a personal thing but it must be separated nonetheless.
So go and write and give it to people (who aren’t jerks and) who care about quality writing and quality stories and helping you become someone who creates both.
I will leave you with these:
“Fail again. Fail better.” – Claire Messud, from The Secret Miracle: The Novelist’s Handbook, edited by Daniel Alarcon. Claire and Daniel are both published authors.
And…”Don’t Tremble” by The Low Anthem…I think it’s about not worrying about stuff. I like it.