To Post or Not to Post? That is the Question

Through a process of trial and error on various occasions with different writing sites, I have come to the conclusion that it is ultimately very satisfying to write for myself, which is the encouraging part, but that it is also somewhat discouraging when you’re excited about what you’re doing and you want to share it and… the response is somewhat lacking when you do.  I’m still working on getting through the latter part since I don’t think that what others feel or not should ultimately affect the way the story progresses but I’ll be damned if it’s not hard to swallow some days.  Maybe it’s just that the topic’s not their cup of tea; or perhaps it’s just an off day and with the way others post, it gets lost in the growing list of stories; or maybe it’s the choice of tags or a lackluster descriptor…

What I’m coming to see more and more though is that the love to write is still there, even if the story sometimes gets waylaid by my own insecurities or doubts.  Often times it gets sidetracked by something else that catches my interest, not yet jaded by the outside perceptions of others, but there all the same.  Perhaps it might be better that I should finish something prior to posting to avoid such an occurrence, which would probably be the logical thing, but then I know I’m not the only one that enjoys sharing the story with friends or other people you respect and would hope to be like minded.  I know that I’m not the only writer who gets excited by positive feedback and is in fact inspired to write more when enthusiasm outside myself is shown.  I know I’m not the only one that desires the  recognition of success…

Not only that, but one of the biggest failings I know about myself is that I know the story so well, I often times can’t see the gaping holes or blind spots that are clear as day to everyone else and it’s then that I rely most upon their outside input to make the tale as a whole better.  So… what would you do in this situation?

Continue to post with the possibility of disinterest or dislike which could potentially impede the creative process by way of negative feedback (actual or lack thereof) or post with the hope that someone(s) will be drawn in by your tale and facilitate your growth all the more with constructive feedback?  Mind you, I still lean towards the latter option, because there is always hope, but it’s definitely easier some days than others.  heh

Still, I am curious how others feel in this matter and what suggestions you could offer from one writer to another, if any?  🙂  Thank you for your time and I hope you have an awesome Friday the 13th!

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