n. The practice of predicting the future through interpretation of dreams.
I have an internal alarm clock that goes off at strange times. It happens when I dream about bad reviews. There’s no going back to sleep at that point.
These dreams are full of vitriol, attacking my novels in the ugliest possible manner, complete with ridiculous phrases that only my imagination can conjure up. The poison drips off the page, the words re-forming while I’m reading and rushing to get to the end of the sentence before it bends around a virtual corner.
In reality, I know that I can’t please everybody. I’ve had the same book draw comments of, “It’s too long,” “It’s too short,” “The characters were well-drawn,” “The characters were shallow,” etc. But still…
In my heart, I want everybody to love me!
*cue Sally Field*
I have to force myself not to withdraw, afraid of biting comments—and even trolls. The alternative would be not to look at the reviews, except the good ones feel so…well, good. Occasionally, I can learn from a bad one, too, if it’s constructive.
Most writers have the same problem. I take comfort in knowing I’m not alone. How do you block out the Sally Field moments?