Some of my writer friends share their WIPs (works in progress) with critique groups or focus groups. That’s fine–if they enjoy it, they should keep doing it. But I’ve never done that, and I’m not about to start. Why? Because humans disagree, and books are part science, part art. The art part is highly subjective, so I tend to show my WIP to very few people until that puppy is ready to go out into the world. (Talk about a mixed metaphor!)
I truly believe that passion in the writer evokes passion in the reader–or should, if the writing is well done. 🙂 I think I’ve told you about the time I told my hubby that I’d decided to write a book about a talking gorilla. He said (bless him), “That’s the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard.”
Which only made me more determined to write it. 🙂
I found this cute video online. It does a great job of illustrating the inherent danger (and fun!) of a focus group. Enjoy!
Happy birthday to my son today! He’s 24!