I thought this was my book? In fact I was nearly positive it was my book. But what happens when you get so much criticism that your book starts sounding a lot like “their” book. Constructive criticism is one thing. I have been through that rant before. Helping me figure out the slow points, seeing what makes little to no sense, and even pointing out my comma splices are all helpful, but don’t rewrite my story in your words.
There’s a good question. If critique-person A starts to rewrite your story does that mean that your book is bad, your voice is lacking, or are they’re just too picky? Well of course I want to assume they are too picky, but is that the correct assumption?
Through all the suggestions, and classes, and rules how does one not lose their own voice? If I can’t write the book in my voice what was the point in writing?
So how do we know if our voice is the problem instead of the help? I have no idea. I think if I can pick up my book two weeks later and say, “wow I actually really liked that” I must be close to being on the right track. Because in the end you are your own worst critic.
Have you run into this doubt? Trying to know if you voice is the problem or if maybe your trusted companion is? At some point maybe we realize the story plot just isn’t working but hopefully at least your voice does.