It seemed just yesterday that I joined IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group). But, three months have flown by and now I am posting my fourth post. IWSG started by Captain Ninja: Alex Cavanaugh, meets on the first Wednesday of every month. it’s a writer’s support group where we share our anxieties, doubts, fears and worries and help and support each other.
Two of my main writerly concerns are book reviews. I do a few book reviews on my blog and also for an Indian Newspaper for which I am doing the Literary Review for adult fiction. My first concern is that I would hate to have my review come across as harsh or over critical. I try to be honest about the reviews I do. I neither go into raptures nor do I tear the book or the writer into shreds.
I follow the middle path. I talk about the story (without giving away the ending), pace, writing and the main character and other plot techniques. These I feel are neutral topics. So even if I didn’t like the main character, I don’t feel the author should take offense.
I read a review, wherein the reviewer called the author a moron, who should never have written the book in the first place. In another review, the reviewer was glad that the author did not plan to write more books.
Now I come down to my second fear/anxiety. I hope my books don’t get such reviews. Where it’s mentioned that people are celebrating the fact that I am not planning to write more books or the fact that they fear being tortured by my writing.
What are your writing anxieties? Have you ever received a bad review or given one to a book? How do you handle reviews? Please share your review fears and anxieties. I would love to know.