For every success story, there are a plenitude of failures you never hear about.
I need to read unpublished work to grow: I need to see the people on my level, struggling with the things I’m struggling with.
Why Should I Read Unpublished Manuscripts?
- It’s easier to recognize flaws in other people’s work – things I just read right past in my own work, stands out and screams in other people’s work
- It’s easier to figure out how to fix other people’s work
- I can watch how they fix those issues and learn to apply it to my own writing
Seeing polished writing that’s already been found worthy and published is hard.
- Sometimes I think, how can I get there?
- Sometimes I think, my writing is just as good!
- But it’s hard to see the steps between where I am and where they are.
When all you see are the finish, polished drafts, it can be easy to think that the people you read are just talented. It can be easy to dismiss how much work, effort, and skill went into that novel. As Dr. Nerdlove says, we’re just seeing their highlight reel.
Luckily, there are peers all over the internet, you just have to be willing to share. Share your novel, share your insight, and share your time
Are you part of a writer’s support group? Do you have critique partners you can trust to push you and help you grow?
Don’t be afraid to move on if a group isn’t helping you grow the way you feel is right.