One of my goals this writing year was to become more active in the online writing community, to connect with and mutually support other writers. I've had a blast visiting other writer’s sites, seeing what they are working on and what their writing goals are. I particularly love when they post excerpts from their WIP’s, better yet when they post multiple revisions of the same scenes showing their growth as a writer. But, I always cringe when I hit the comment section. Without a doubt, I come across at least one blog post a day where someone has left a comment about the author's WIP that is less than encouraging.
I have writing skin like an armadillo, mostly because I grown comfortable with my style, have developed the ability to filter out unhelpful comments, and have an amazing group of writing friends to bounce those crazy comments off of. That said, it takes an enormous leap of faith to put yourself out there, open yourself up for comments on something you are writing. As writers ourselves, I think we should commend their efforts, give them a well-deserved pat on the back, and point out the positives in the scenes they have chosen to share.
Now I know a lot of people may believe otherwise, that if you post a snippet of your WIP then you should expect criticism in return. But folks, there is a huge difference between constructive criticism and discouraging remarks. Maybe it is just me, but I always ALWAYS try and find something positive to say.
So how about you? Do you think posting a scene from a WIP is an open invitation for commenters to tear down your work or do you take the point out the positives road like me? And for those of you looking to connect with other writers, head on over to Rachel Harrie’s site. She is hosting her 2nd annual Writers' Platform-Building Crusade. It is a great way to connect and support fellow writers!