No. Betera’s Factor isn’t bad. I’d never write something “bad” on purpose. I might write something that people don’t like, but in my opinion, no one ever really knows if their work is destined to be panned. I will admit, when I started Betera’s Factor seven years ago, it was awful. I had no idea what I was doing. I’ve spent the past 20 years working in various positions in the communications field. Each of my jobs has come with increasing responsibility to the point that I am now a director of marketing communications.
I didn’t get to where I am professionally by not being able to string coherent sentences together. I rose to this level because I’m good at what I do. Some of the folks in my circle may have thought creative writing would come easy for me. Not. I struggled from the very start. How could I have earned a graduate degree in professional writing and turn out such unimaginative prose with dangling modifiers, and a lack of parallel structure? WTF!
It wasn’t until a good friend of mine said, “Your brain isn’t wired to write this way. You’ve never exercised it in the genre.” Of course I responded, “Genre be damned!”
But she was right. I wasn’t good at it because I’ve never practiced it. Who knows, I still may not be good at it, but I’m proud I’ve tried. I cranked out 80,000+ words of a manuscript in a genre I’ve been reading since childhood. I even did the research so I could sound like I knew what I was talking about. I wouldn’t be surprised if scientific minds blow gaping holes in my text. LOL!
I look forward to what I hope is constructive criticism, which may help me as I write the sequel to Betera’s Factor. Here’s crossing my fingers I haven’t royally you know what.