What’s Up Wednesday

WUWWreath2What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme where we writers can interact with others in this large community (because writing can be a lonely road to travel, if you let it) and share what’s going on with us each week. If you’d like you join us (or are simply curious to read more about other writers) you can find out more about it at either Jaime or Erin’s blogs.

What I’m Reading

Still reading story for my classes, while still trying to set some time aside for personal reading. That isn’t working too well, but luckily, I like most of what I have to read for my classes.

The one story I want to share with you all is Joyce Carol Oates “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” It’s creepy, a good creepy, and I love the way the tension seems to rise so clearly and easily within the story. I’d read it again, because I know this is one of those things where I’ll find something different and knew each time I go through it.  If anyone has read it already, let me know what you thought of it!

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What’s Up Wednesday

WUWWreath2What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme where we writers can interact with others in this large community (because writing can be a lonely road to travel, if you let it) and share what’s going on with us each week. If you’d like you join us (or are simply curious to read more about other writers) you can find out more about it at either Jaime or Erin’s blogs.

What I’m Reading

Just finished reading a few stories for my writing workshop: Anton Chekhov’s “The Lady and The Toy Dog”, and Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat”.

The first story is about a Russian man and woman, and their affair. No spoilers, since you find that out in the first paragraph. And the second one is about four men and their experiences after being shipwrecked, floating along the sea to the shore.

I’ll talk more about Chekhov’s story because, even though the MC is selfish and disrespectful towards women, he was a very interesting character. I loved reading his thoughts and way of justifying his actions, and even though generally nothing really changed in the end, I was satisfied with the ending.

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Handling Critics

6b6dc8e44d06d53453b3bfd75deefc4d**Before I start, I wanna share Mark Baron’s post about critiques here and here. Seriously, check it out; the lists are great.**

Now, I don’t have much experience with public critics such as websites and blogs, yet. However, I do have experience with more personal critics, words from people you know. They may be people from a class you’re taking, or a group you’ve joined, even a friend or colleague.

But when you ask someone to read something you’ve written, it places you in an extremely vulnerable place. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t share your work, or that you should hoard it away and hide it from the world. Not at all. Part of being a writer is sharing your work , wanting or even needing to share it. So, being vulnerable isn’t a bad thing. Actually, it’s the best thing for us to be as we write, in my opinion. It makes our stories authentic, the worlds’ that much more interesting and engaging, and the characters relatable, or at least understandable in their actions. And this is even without putting truthful, based-on-your-life facts in them.

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When You Start to Lose Your Spark

a.k.a. when your muse turns into a croc and tries to eat your dreams...

“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go” ~ William Feather

My favorite quote of all time.

I know it’s a bit weird for me to post this after just talking about my critique a few days ago (or maybe, it’s completely appropriate) but every time I’m feeling a bit discouraged,  or lose my motivation for writing (or anything, really), I look at this quote. Continue reading

Confession: I’m Troubled and Easily Distracted

9637296561_ac261d3ee8_oSo, on Monday I had my WIP critiqued in the last workshop of the semester. Obviously, there were things that still I need to fix, some world-building that I have to work out, but overall, I’m proud of myself for improving so much over the past year. I’ve gotten a handle on what I’m good at, what I tend to focus on in my writing, and what I need to focus on (which I talked a bit about here)

Anyways, what I really want to talk about it continuing this project. I have my first WIP, which I do want to (and will) get back to finishing at some point, but I feel like I need to give them a rest. I don’t know.   Continue reading

Remember: Try to see the bright side

Let's help each other climb the rest of the way up.

Do you ever feel like you’re hanging from a cliff as you write?

I know I’m not the only writer who goes through an emotional rollercoaster while writing. When you start your story (whether it’s a short story or novel), you may have issues getting the beginning just to where you want it to be.

Sometimes, I dwell in this stage a lot longer than I want to. But most times, as long as I’ve set up the scene well enough, I’m okay. Continue reading