This weekend could NOT come any sooner if it showed up yesterday. Which it didn't, but I will forgive it only because it's bringing an extra day with it as an apology prize. I plan to sleep, read, catch up on Deadwood (we don't need to discuss how long I've had the DVDs from Netflix), and of course, write. And maybe scour the interwebs for clips of Ian Somerhalder (I'd post a picture of him but it would make the internet explode, I promise).
SO, onto my real purpose (not to be confused with a porpoise, although just as cute) for bringing you here today. A question! Who doesn't love answering a question? So my question for you today (in case you're a bit hung over and didn't see the title of this post): do you post your work online?
I've thought about this a lot lately, especially because I am drawing in on the end of my first draft of the current WIP and will be looking for beta readers soon. All writers crave that feedback, and while some online postings (like Roni's beta club critiques) give good solid feedback, I've noticed that a lot of the comments when writers post their work are mainly positive. As in, no bad, all good.
I'm not going to call out names or anything (because that would be positively wretched, and while I have a black soul, it's not that black), but I've read some bad excerpts. Poor grammar, incorrect word choice, awkward sentence structuring, immature characters, you name it I've seen it. I've read some good ones, too, but you wouldn't know the difference based on the feedback people receive. Now I recognize how particularly subjective writing is, and maybe these commenters truly feel the way they say about the excerpt, but I have a feeling it's more that they're looking to give positive reinforcement no matter their actual opinion.
I'm not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, it's great to see a community of people spread out all over the world coming together in a shared experience and supporting each other. It's great to witness that support, and to spread it around ourselves and feel its happy buoying effect.
On the other hand, it reminds me a lot of American Idol. These contestants who come on in the first round who are TUUUUURRIBLE and get all uppity when they're told so. Like, "Well my mom and my friends say I'm gifted and you just don't know what you're missing out on." And their mom and their friends probably do tell them how talented they are. It's not true, but hey, they're just being supportive. I can't help feeling like they're being set up to fail because they'll never recognize their own shortcomings.
So I've chosen not to post my own work online. I know, I can hear the sound of all of your hearts breaking now, but I don't want to open that door. Not yet, anyway.
What about you?