Sunday, August 24, 2008

We aren't interested in "good"

Unsure if anything shall come of it, but I did contact the World Fantasy people about volunteering for panels. That's right—people volunteer. Who knew? I thought the committee made up the programming then thought of who'd do a bang-up job of the topic.

It's an unending learning curve. I love it. *g*

Speaking of learning curves, I was reading an entry on my livejournal f-list where Melissa Marr raises the issue of whether or not one feels one's writing is "good." The entry addresses the point validly, but I'm going to take a moment to come at the question in a different manner.

I think my writing is good. I rather have to, given all the uncertainty that accompanies being a professional writer. Does that mean that I don't wonder if no one else will think it's good? No, questioning your delusions is how you know they haven't replaced your ability to perceive reality.

However, publishing is about making a business of writing—not validation. When you run a business, you need to be doing the best job of it you can. Therefore, you should know your product is good. If you don't believe in yourself, no one else is going to, either.

Good isn't what I'm interested in. When something is "good," it's ready to be shown to my CPs and agent so that they can offer the objective, outside perspective that will make my writing better.

Worrying about whether or not your writing is good limits you. Good as a goal suggests there'll be a point when you can stop. Better, however, is a shifting benchmark. It changes as a writer evolves. One who wishes to become better, sets no limitation to how they can improve.

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