It's time for another Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival hosted by the lovely ladies of YA Highway.
This week's question:
What kind of writing coach do you need? What kind are you?
What I have realized, especially recently, is that I am a very delicate flower when it comes to my writing. I love and totally welcome feedback, but I am very self-conscious of my writing and I am convinced that it's all crap. So I really need someone to stroke my ego in between helpful suggestions. I honestly don't mind if you tell me that something isn't working or just plain sucks. But you also need to tell me ALL of the funny parts, all the parts that made you laugh or cry or swoon. If I don't get a hint that I am doing something right I get all emo and try to throw the whole thing out the window.
So I need someone who is brutally honest, but also very, very encouraging. Otherwise I get all lost in my own insecurities and curl in a ball and swear that I suck more than anyone has sucked before.
Like I said, I'm a delicate little flower.
I try to be the same when I'm reading other people's stuff. I always like to let them know the things that are really working, because I think we can sometimes get so caught up in pointing out the things that need to be fixed that we forget the praise...and that's just as important!
How about you? What kind of writing coach do you need?