I expected it.
As I write this post, The Whites Stripes, Catch Hell Blues comes on my iTunes playlist. And, I quote: “If your lookin’ for hot water, don’t act shocked when you get burned a little bit. If you really want some hot water, I can help you find it.”
Yeah, at critique group, and definitely don’t go if you can’t take the hot water.
I laugh because it’s exactly what I was looking for, but I still question why I put myself through this. I can think of a few:
Because I enjoy having others scrutinize and disassemble my work (yeah, no, not really, well maybe, hmmm . . . )
Because conflict is my friend (and I like my friend).
Because “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.” Friedrich Nietzsche -or, in this case, what doesn’t kill your story, makes it stronger.
Because, and this is in the case of my synopsis, I want to enter a contest and the stupid thing is required (at least they reduced it to 3-4 pages instead of 8).
And, most importantly,
Because I want my work to be as good as it can be for the reader.
See you next week, probably battered and bruised, but that synopsis is going to get written. ~ RG