Up & At ’em …

Posted 21 February, 2010 by DLWhite in Goals & Plans, WIPs, Writers Write 3 Comments

Update 2: Geez. What’s a person have to do to find a critique group full of writers (good ones) that are adults? And, sorry, aren’t from the UK? The terminology and style are so different… I can’t write like a Brit and they can’t write like Americans.

I joined My Writer’s Circle, finally. Read a couple of great pieces, offered some opinions and such. Overall, though I find a lot of older US writers who write fantasy, or young writers looking for help with speeches and English assignments, and writers from the U.K. *shoulders sag*  Believe me, I’m kind of annoying myself, with this. I told Green Eyes that when I ask someone to read something, and they don’t have anything to say, it ticks me off. But if they pick it apart, that hurts my feelings. I’m not sure, exactly, what I want. Maybe I should try to define that, first.

In the meantime I have successfully not made any more edits to Try To Say No. I think that’s a good sign.  Maybe I should upload it so  people can read it and offer thoughts?

Heard about a new writing contest. Due April 1. HMMMMM. It seems to me that the winner’s of these contests have a distinct style. The subject matter is fantasty, futuristic, or historical. I don’t feel like I have skillz in those areas.

Well.

We’ll see…

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Have been up since 6ish. First thing I did was open the laptop and take a fresh look at ‘Try To Say No’. I got some good feedback overnight, over some parts that were niggling at me but I didn’t know WHAT was exactly wrong. Thanks to that person that went beyond a cursory glance and actually read the piece and had something to say besides ‘it’s good, now read mine’. Not sure I will hang out there, much. I know I am much more interested in hearing what people have to say about my piece than sorting through every 17 year old’s 122 lines of poetry. I can’t imagine how many people there want to read other people’s stuff, either. We shall see. I’ll do my best to return the favor when I can.

I think I am coming much, much closer to  final draft. Taking a long, overnight break did a great deal of good, as did that critique. I do need to come to a point, eventually, where I decide I am done and call it good and finished and move on to something new. Not sure I’ve reached that point, yet.

Hopefully more writing today and a trip to Barnes & Noble this afternoon. Looking forward to that. Books!


3 Responses to “Up & At ’em …”

  1. Leslie

    Have you thought about starting your own group and inviting writers you know and admire? This way you can screen and make sure that everyone is on the same page.

    Just a thought,
    L

    • Yeah I have. Lots of work and dedication and I have found that, like me, most writers are focused on their own work. *shrug* Ah, well. Just have to trust my own judgement.

  2. I have the same problem. Most people just don’t want to provide that level of detail or feedback…seems strange to me.

    I understand too. I want feedback on my writing, but than when you do get it, and it’s not what you want…I do feel a bit upset. But I’m like that way for any criticism, it’s a weakness I have.

    I think it’s great that you are committed to writing and keep at it. A lot of successful writers say that’s what it takes, to write and learn your craft.
    .-= Tracey´s last blog ..Writer Interviews =-.