IWSG: Reactions from the Readers

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The awesome co-hosts for the May 5 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, PJ Colando, Tonja Drecker, Sadira Stone, and Cathrina Constantine!

I had a beta reader suggest that my characters needed to be more dragon-y. I don’t know why, since they weren’t dragons in the first place. No. Really. They’re just random human-type humans.

To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever written a particularly dragon-y character.

And I’m always a little surprised when it turns out that people actually like what I’m writing. One of the best experiences I’ve had was getting on the internet, and realizing that people are actually coming back for more of my stories. You can see things like that on the internet. People moving through your website.

I need more readers. They’re the thing that gets me through, some days.


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    Dragon-y? Weird. I guess all readers have their expectations–and those expectations don’t necessarily match our intentions as writers. A few years back, a critique partner who never reads romance said of my romance WIP (which went on to win an award), “When is something gonna happen?” Le sigh. I wish you happy writing in May.

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    It really is a nice, surprising feeling when someone likes what you wrote 🙂 May there be much more of that feeling in your future!

  3. Loni Townsend


    I’ve had similar experiences like your dragon-y feedback. I’ve had feedback before where someone asked “what about the horses?” and I was all “what horses? There aren’t horses in this scene.” Those kind of things make me stop and say, “huh?”

  4. jeshays


    Maybe your characters could have a hoard of some sort … that’s dragon-y

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