17 March 2009

Random Writer Stuff.

A writer, submitting items of theirs for years, getting attention, getting rejected, possibly eventually self-publishing.

The Writer's guild lays off workers. Looks like the strike did them little to no good really, and destroyed TV programming possibly indefinitely.

A Romance novel is printed.

Twilight sells yet another gadzillion copies.

These things are all current happenings in our world. One thing I've learned from Twitter is that we are brethren, whether or not our fangs are bloodied with native sanguine. There's times that I'm sent by a link to read other people's work, and I cringe. Do I compliment? Rarely. Would I tell the truth?

If asked.

I think as writers, we should all be listening for that silence. My work showed me an unusual film a few years ago about the 'Silent Dissatisfied Customer.' It was valuable, because it's true. Only 13% of dissatisfied customers ever complain, and even then, you have to poke and probe to get why.

Is there silence in your stadium? Awkward comments? “It was long.” “Wow.” “It was good.”

What exactly does all of this mean?

For many ordinary readers, not much. They don't have the linguistic skill that we have as natural-born writers. It is for this reason that if we do give passing thought, we give it some thought. This is more of a memo to me rather then you all.

Any thoughts so far?

- Carrie


Pia Veleno said...

Good point.

Also, the dissatisfied are more likely to recommend NOT using the product/service/etc than a satisfied person... just goes to show our nature.

As for short comments, sometimes it is a lack of the right words, of course. I hate to think it's because the commenter is afraid to say "I don't get it" or "You've done better." Yet, it's true. That's often what they are saying. I'm glad you're willing to tell me when I'm slacking on a storyline. Someone needs to be willing to keep the Muse in line.

Unknown said...

I only compliment a writer when I see potential for real growth in the work. I can usually tell within the first few paragraphs whether a writer *gets it* or not. I don't know if I believe in inherent talent, but I do think that if a writer doesn't get it, like really, deeply, truly doesn't get it, then he's probably never going to get it. And that's when I stay silent. There's no point in giving half-hearted compliments. Usually I'll just stop reading and say nothing.

So I'm agreeing with your post. Silence is telling.

Unknown said...

I agree and stand by my statement. Silence is very telling.

Lisa said...

Yesterday I had an opportunity to have a published writer read my work. I didn't want to ask for her feedback for a few reasons:

1. I'm lame and don't want to hear that she hates it; and

2. We know that when we ask for reactions, we tend to get the general "I liked it," which is more heartbreaking than the silence.

We were discussing what genre we write, publishing, etc. I told her I had an adult fic published at writers bump, and she went of her own volition and looked. She asked if that was my story. I told her yes and thanks for looking it up. She complimented me without my asking (at least I think. Perhaps this is an example of my atrocious penchant for passively-aggressively seeking attention? hm)

Anyway, it was good. I didn't throw a party over it, but it was nice to hear. It was extra nice that it was beyond "I liked it."

I guess what I'm trying to say is: yes :D

Luna said...

It is what it is, un fair, fair sometimes it really boils down to, if its meant to be it will be.