A few weekends ago I had the opportunity to attend a writer’s workshop held on beautiful Lake Annie in Hawthorne, Florida.
The first thing that blew me away was the view from the back porch:
After the sun reflecting off the water stopped distracting me from the task at hand, I was ready to have Within Emerald Forests critiqued and volunteered to go first!
There were a total of six workshop participants led by Laura Smith, author of Heart of Palm.
There were a total of six of us, sharing our work while critiquing others. One of whom is a great friend of mine, writing under the name Katelin Maloney.
It was a wonderful, informational day. I left my ego in the car and prepared to hear what others thought about Within Emerald Forests (book three of the crypto-zoology series). Some loved it – others not so much! I heard my similes were trite and then was compared to Tolkien in the next breath.
Lesson learned: Everyone has an opinion – learn from others but try not to take the criticism too seriously since others will love it…sometimes for the exact same reason!