I've read a lot of debut author e-books this week, some of them I've been unable to finish and some have been fantastic.
I also read on the LoveCats blog something Lilian Darcy said that struck me. She said she had her first novel accepted by Harlequin Mills & Boon and in a way she wishes she didn't because she had to learn her craft and improve her story-telling in the public eye.
When I put both of this week's things together, I realise that I'm still in the learning phase and although I get frustrated at rejections and critiques, for me it's better to have that than to alienate potential readers by putting up 'still-learning' work.
I don't like public embarrassment. I've tougher it out for years but I hate it. Deep down it erodes at me, even though you'd probably not guess that from the outside.
I need a thicker skin. I need work on my craft. I need time for my learning, and time for my writing. I don't want to rush this journey. I have short stories published and I'm stoked by that.
I'm incredibly impatient, but I also want quality. So it comes back to patience. And that's what I've learned this week.