I’ve been attending a writers group for most of the year. I generally find it very useful. They are very encouraging group and it’s always great to hear different work, most of it better than mine. However, each moth I have a rising sense of terror every time I go, they have been suggesting I might like to share some of my book.
The thought of reading even a small bit of my book out loud to a group of strangers I find quite terrifying. It’s not that they aren’t nice, none of them would be horrible about it but, I’m scarred of being dammed by faint praise. I’m the only one who writes fantasy fiction so I’m at a disadvantage to start with. (edit; just found out this isn’t true)
Now I know this is silly as I eventually must publish my book and some people are bound to hate it and say hurtful things. I have sent my current draft off to bestselling author friend and she can give quite brutal feedback. But at least I can read that in private I’m not sure I’m ready to face criticism in the flesh just yet. I think I’ll delay it at least another meeting, so more avoiding eye contact when volunteers are asked for!