Re: I can agree to this much.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "chad fleagle"
>If you don't have 'feelings' about your writing then you are probably
> Even WE
> unpublished few have feelings about their stories.
writing crap. Writing should evoke a response not only from the
reader but especially from the writer. I know a woman who is left
emotionally drained after writing 'difficult' scenes because she puts
herself in them so much.
Don't make the mistake of thinking that writing critiques are
personal. Don't make critiques personal if you are writing them
If I say
"This story is not very good and the characters are flat"
That is not representative of you, it just means in this instance.
Everyone writes crap, period! At one point in time or another
everyone looks at the page and says "what the hell was I thinking??"
I know I do.
If you post your writing at a fan site or a 'just for fun' site
that's different. No one is there to critique or make any useful
Sites like this are to make writers better at what they do. Getting
better rarely is the easiest route to choose. If you want easy then
this is what you have to do.
Write your stories.
Read them only to yourself
Never share them
Eventually shred them
That way at the end of your biscuit you can say 'I never got a bad
If you are a story teller, a talesman in front of the fire, then you
have to tell them. These images and stories and dreams that bubble
up must be shared. So now you have to learn to share them well. The
story tellers of old had to practice with their voices. They had to
create different characters and gestures to tell their tales...
So do we.
Work at it, stick to it, focus on it. Take every comment to head but
not to heart. Don't worry so much about becoming the grammar god,
just become the really good speaking god. If your speaking voice is
accurate and good then your writing will follow suit. Learn how
people talk and describe and explain. The technicalities of commas
etc can be learned later. Learn your voice first.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY
if you can be talked out of writing. If anythign anyone ever says or
does makes you stop. If you can quit the pen and throw out the
then you were never meant to be a writer.
If you decide to quit but find the same day you are thinking about a
new story, then give in. You got the disease boy, it aint ever going