I know that, from a technical perspective, I’m a good writer. I know the rules of grammar and usage well enough to know when and how to break them; my sentences are constructed properly; and I think I have a good grasp on when to use commas for dramatic effect.
But “good writing” is subjective. For example: I read a lot of stories on Kindle Unlimited. Some of them get a chapter or two before I give up on them; some of them get a few pages. Others I’ll read all the way through. And I’ll notice every grammatical, usage, or proofreading error as I go. Not that that stops me from reading the stories if I think they’re good, though.
Last week I was contacted by a friend (she’s also an ex-girlfriend) and asked if I might be interested in doing a reading at a kink convention she helps to organize. She said:
I just thought of you when I realized that we were looking into this as an avenue. Especially because you do write some awesome spanking stories.
Not going to lie: I blushed a little bit. The compliment was completely unexpected. I know she likes my stuff — she has told me before, and in fact we met for the first time at a class I was teaching about writing — but we haven’t really talked about my writing since we dated, which was before the pandemic. So I guess I’d forgotten that she liked it so much.
I’m not great at taking compliments. I think I’ve gotten better, but I don’t always know what to say besides “thank you”. Still, that doesn’t mean I don’t like to hear them. Even if they’re unexpected.
(If, by the way, you would like to compliment my writing, the best way to do so is by writing a review on Amazon or Goodreads. You can contact me directly if you like, but story reviews help me get higher in the algorithms.)