A few months back, I asked on my Facebook fan page (*cough, cough, join, join*) if anyone would read my work if I posted some of it here on my wonderful little blog. A few people responded affirmatively, and so I hammered away at the keyboard, banged out a couple projects, and readied them to be shared with the world at large.
But a funny thing happened on the way to uploading my work and pressing that “publish” button. I got … scared. Okay, maybe not scared, but somewhat spooked. Really, why was I doing this? Why was I posting my work online? Was it an effort to get feedback? Was it to show those who’ve never read my fiction that, yes, I am somewhat good at this whole storytelling thing?
Was I seeking some sort of validation?
Clearly I was. Then, purely by happenstance, I came across an article by writer/editor Chuck Sambuchino entitled Be (Slightly) Afraid of Posting Your Work Online. Well if this wasn’t an instance of God try’na tell me something.
Chuck’s article was a rebuttal to Jane Friedman’s article advocating posting your work online, and his argument made a hell of a lot of sense to me.