|“The Reading Lesson” – Knut Ekvall|
It’s always a tricky balancing act for writers and other artists: You want feedback on your work, you want other people to see what you’ve produced, but you also don’t want to get distracted by what other people think too early. You may even want everyone to just see it in its final form.
As reader Tricia writes:
While trying to have your novel published and wading through
seemingly endless rejection, do you let people (friends, family…) read
the product you are shopping around? Or, do you tell them they’ll have
to wait until it’s out there for the public as well? I’ve had
coutnless people ask for my work. I know they might enjoy it and it’s
tempting to let them have it knowing, in the back of my mind, it may
never be out there for purchase.
For me, I’m a tight-fisted writer and I tend to not let anyone read what I’ve written until it’s completely done. I have a few people I trust to show scenes to early if I need specific feedback, but otherwise I try to just plow straight through and keep the focus.
What about you? I’d be curious about what other non-writing artistic types think about this as well.