I recently received feedback from an editor that I had been going back and forth with for quite some time, and the feedback was particularly interesting. I use the word interesting in case some day, in a crazed swoop through cyberspace, said editor should read this. Interesting is such a vexing word of multiple meanings that said editor could very well pick the most positive one while I mean another one entirely.
The editor told me two things:
1. My writing was too real.
2. My hero’s attention to my heroine was “creepy.”
The first one I found puzzling and the second, dumbfounding.
Now, as a writer, aren’t I not supposed to convey a world that a reader can reach out, grasp with both hands, and shape like Play-Doh? Should someone telling me my writing is too real be positive feedback? The editor did not mean it in that manner. It was most definitely a slam.
And I can honestly say I never intended to write about a creepy hero, but ladies out there, which of you have never encountered a creepy hero? So does this relate back to the first?
How is this feedback to be taken?
Because honestly, I read her email and then didn’t feel anything for six weeks, and then I cheerily responded to her email saying I had been thinking properly on it when in fact I had been feeling nothing at all and didn’t know really quite what to say.
I guess I’ll just return to my creepy heroes and hope they do something believable.