For the most part, I would say that fiction writers are on the sensitive side. Would you agree? I think it comes with the territory of being able to write entire books about people we’ve made up in our minds.
Unless you write books and hide them under your bed, there is some point when they’re going to be read and critiqued. Gasp! I don’t know if you’re like me, but the thought of someone reading my stuff and pointing out everything that’s wrong with it is frightening. It’s not that I think that there is nothing wrong with my writing because I know that everything I write needs improvement and can benefit from a great critique partner. To me, the process is difficult.
I recently joined the ACFW critique group, and I’ve yet to contribute anything. Why? I’m intimidated. I’m not new to writing. I have a degree in professional writing. I’ve been writing and studying the craft of writing for years, but one glance at someone else’s work, and all of my insecurities kick in.
What about you? Do you struggle with insecurities about others reading your work?