Most novice writers, including myself, rely on their nearest and dearest for feedback. That can only be a really, really good thing, or a really, really bad thing. Here’s a few pros and cons:
+ They’re always there
Constantly encouraging you to write!
– They’re always there
Constantly guilting you for not writing.
+ You trust their opinion
And therefore, accepting changes is easier.
– You trust their opinion
Even when they’re talking utter crap.
+ You’re not scared to talk back
Unlike a big, fancy editor, you can honestly share your feelings.
– You’re not scared to talk back
Which often leads to huge arguments.
+ They let you have a day off
They give you a break when you’ve earned it.
– They let you have a day off
Even when you know you really shouldn’t…
+ They’re not a professional
They don’t ramble about sales, target audiences and all that rubbish.
– They’re not a professional
Sometimes they really don’t know what they’re talking about.
+ You can work from home
Getting a second opinion isn’t a great effort, you just roll over.
– You can work from home
Suddenly home becomes the office.
+ Editing is fun
You actually look forward to sharing your work.
– Editing is fun
Maybe too fun, things often go off topic.
+ You talk freely
Neither of you feel stupid making suggestions.
– You talk freely
Which sometimes comes out as shouting…
+ They know your writing better than anyone else
They know what you’re trying to express and they can help you do it successfully.
– They know your writing better than anyone else
They may bit a little bit biased.
+ They inspire you
With all sorts of fun, quirky, imaginative ideas.
– They inspire you
Which can be really awkward when they realise you’ve based a character on them.
+ Sometimes they have amazing ideas
Stuff you could never think of! Plot twists, character quirks, game changers!
– Sometimes they have amazing ideas
And you get really annoyed because you didn’t come up with them yourself.
… Beware writers, you’ve been warned!