4 March 2009 - 11:09Feedback Addiction

Feedback is one of those powerful things that can be motivating or debilitating.  You don’t always want actual judgement or criticism, but just some kind of marker, some kind of progress….

And that’s why blogging can be addictive.  If you put a hit counter on a blog, you can see every time somebody hits your blog.  You can often see what pages get hit and sometimes the referring link.  You make a post, and you see your hits go up.  So you think “oh, cool!” and you make another post, and check your stats again.

And this is why my eHow experiment seems to be working for me.  I see hits come in, I see pennies add up, and I feel good and I write more.  Nothing succeeds like success.

I used to feel the same way about rejection slips.  I’d get a rejection slip, and I’d feel like I’d made a point toward publication. (Among fiction writers, it is commonly held that you need to acquire 100 rejections to get published.)  When a story comes back from an editor, you have something to do toward getting published… you pop it in another envelope and sent it right back out. And if you want to mail more manuscripts, you have to write more.  When you get a story accepted, well, you need to replace it in the rotation. Write more!

I guess with screenwriting, you get that a little with phone calls made, email queries sent out.  But longer works, such as screenplays and novels don’t have that direct connect with the feedback, the way short stories and blog posts do.  There is no tit-for-tat feedback on each few pages written.

But I got a lot of long works written while I was writing short stories, so I think that maybe it’s a good thing to write short stuff for feedback to keep you going on the longer works.  (I have found some old novels waking up as I write these articles for eHow.  Old LONG novels.  What’s up with that?)

So here’s hoping for both funding AND creativity for the summer’s fellowship from my current article writing.

A few writer-oriented eHow articles:

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