When is it time to show your stuff?
My husband has big-time background in writing. He has multiple degrees in English and creative writing, he learned from and rubbed elbows with quite a few big names in Canlit while earning those qualifications, and he has several plays and finished pieces to his credit. He has his own doubts/insecurities/typical neurotic writer tics about what he’s done, but that’s really another story. He knows his literature, he knows what’s crap and what works, and he knows how to critique and solve writing problems.
You would think, given his experience and the sleeping together situation, that I would ask him to take a look at some of my writing so far.
No can do. I think about it and do a full-body cringe. He found and read some pages of a scene I’d left lying around a couple of months ago, and although he had positive things to say, I was MORTIFIED! It was the most awkward ten minutes of my marriage, and I am an extremely awkward, foot in mouth, jackass kind of person, so that is saying quite a bit.
On the other hand, I don’t have a writing or critique group, but I would like to bounce some ideas off somebody. I want to see if my story would ever be interesting to anyone else, I want to see if any of the effects I have tried to achieve actually work. I have a couple of people in mind to ask to take a look, but I’m unsure of how to take this next step…who what when where why, haha.
Have you shown anyone your work in progress? What was it like? How did you find that elusive (to me) reader-person or critique group, and how did you pop the question?