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O is for Own worst critic

This is one of those clichéd saying that does have a sliver of truth to it.  I am actually my worst critic, probably not.  There is going to be someone out there that doesn’t like the story.  But I am aware of what the perfect version of my story is, not necessarily how it was written so I will tend to harsh on my writing.  Trying to get the perfect story down on paper is nearly impossible, so I do the best that I can.

Being overly hard on my own writing came into light when I sent a copy of Dissonance out to an old high school friend, who spent years as an editor assistant.  When I compared my notes with hers it was entertaining to say the least.  There were passages where she would only have a word choice marked or grammatical issue stated, where on the same pages I was writing in 2 pt font to get all my notes marked in the margins.

Though, at other times I was not always writing more.  There were pages where I had little to no notes and she had written a ton.

While at times I am my own worst critic, I still think outside advice on my writing is a necessary part of the writing process.  Without outside critiques and input Dissonance would not be the book it is; some of my best ideas stemmed from an outside statement.



I am a writer currently working on her first series featuring Malcolm Stone. I also dabble in photography cooking and enjoying life. Synopsis of Dissonance (Book I in the series): Malcolm is youngest son of Preston Stone, the largest liquor importer on the east coast since the prohibition. His family’s affluence has afforded him the opportunity to follow his passion of being a pianist. He married a successful local artist Anabelle Connolly. They appeared to have the perfect life, but it had turned sour. After Anabelle’s death, the truth of their marriage can no longer be hidden. Years of Malcolm’s carefully constructed lies start unraveling at his feet. Will he be able to pick up the pieces of his shattered life? Dissonance explores and exposes a violent relationship, infidelity, substance abuse, depression, and lies.

4 thoughts on “O is for Own worst critic

  1. Hmm, I think the outside perspective helps just for that… an outside perspective. Things I hadn’t noticed, or that make sense to me with my life experience but would throw someone else off completely, are what comes up most.

    And inconsistencies. Cause I know the story I don’t always pick them up!

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    1. I completely agree. That’s the best part of someone who is outside. As I was writing this post I kept thinking how narcissistic that phrase, I’m my own worst critic, sounded. That’s why I got on the outside perspectives.

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      1. I decided I really didn’t want to open the bag of worms that calling the phrase narcissistic could 😉 Something about making waves just didn’t settle well with me today.


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