Why you should always listen to your Mother. Unless she believes you and your book are perfect.
By Genevieve Crownson
I don’t know about you, but I don’t possess a Mom that thinks everything I undertake is flawless excellence. I’ve read so many articles about how, after you’ve closed the curtain on your novel, that you must never allow your Mom to judge whether or not your book is Pulitzer or podgy. Because let’s face it you are composed of half her genetic makeup; everything you do is meritorious and legal of ooze worthy worship of your very essence. I know what I am speaking of when it comes to these types of Mom’s because my Grandma is one of these people.
When I graduated from college with a degree in Biology, I was pointed toward becoming a physician. I recall my Grandma congratulated me and divulged to everyone her granddaughter was a doctor. I’ve corrected her so many times; countering I definitely wasn’t, that I plumb lacked from my possession the very important darling diploma. I made plain to her I hadn’t even entered the hallowed halls of med school and perhaps I didn’t want to. In truth, I’d had a change of heart regarding the idea. She waved away my protests, it essentially wasn’t important because, and I quote, “Oh you are so smart and beautiful you basically are a doctor so what’s the difference?” To this day every time she has a health issue she asks me if I will deliberate on the diagnosis because I am a GP. No joke. These are the types of Mom’s you can’t trust your manuscript too. They will deceive you and laud that you are the next Agatha Christie (whom my Grandma extols) even if you have dour dialogue, poor structure and your plot has the pace of a sloppy snail.
Then there is my Mom.
My mom loves me to the end of the globe, of that I have no suspicion. But she has also continuously told me the naked truth since the day I was born. She has never been the sugar coated why aren’t you wearing your slippers kind of Mama, that is not part of her DNA. I don’t need a medical degree to discern that. I’d composed several novels before I finally perfected my skill and Mom read every wobbly word. Her feedback was rampagingly ruthless. On each and every book, she marked my pages with her red penned sword. She conveyed to me with pitiless honesty where my story lacked focus, and if I’d advertised myself as a knock off of somebody else. And you know what?
It was exactly what I needed to hear.
All that feedback demanded that I root out my own voice. It made me a superior writer. So whether it’s your Mom, a friend or strangers that you bribe with cash, procure the truth. Do what you must to find that creature. Then take their advice and edit. And then go back and edit some more. Shine that novel up so much that it gleams in the sunlight and you want to shout to the entire neighborhood its worth. In fact go ahead and ride it around with the top down. Because now you have a novel that will jerk the publishing realm awake. And that’s what it’s all about.
Good Luck. And may you find your best critic. They could be closer than you think.
Genevieve Crownson graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelors of Science degree. A love of writing led her to pen her debut novel, The Soul of the Sun. This is book one in her highly anticipated trilogy, The Argos Dynasty. She currently lives in beautiful Charleston, SC with her family and beloved four-legged friends.
You can find her at www.genevievecrownson.com.
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