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Don't forget! You have until Friday to enter!
It's been a difficult week, and I'm not sure where it went, to be honest. I remember Tuesday, and then all of a sudden it was Saturday. I think I must have hit a temporal flux somewhere along the line.
My sincerest apologies, folks. Here I am, attempting to rejoin regular blogging society.
Update: the write-up from my interview... well, it happened. I turned it in on Wednesday. After we'd passed them back, during the course of discussion I realized I hadn't entirely followed the directions of the assignment. Ack! Plus I didn't like the characterization (though there's very little one can do in 400 words), and many other things about it. I suppose as writers, we're always highly self-critical, right?
On Friday, I was chatting with another student from the class outside the building when our instructor came up. She started chatting with us, talking about how much she loved everyone's story from class so much, and that she planned to read a few during class. Well, she started with *mine*. Dumbstruck = me! She had a lot of great things to say about it, including that, with some minor tweaks, I could get it published.
Oh, so giddy am I. Later that day, I got a lovely compliment from someone in my critique group, too. Since I wasn't feeling well, the two of those things really lifted my spirits and made my day so much better.
Otherwise, my last three days have been spent in a haze from which I am only beginning to recover. While I've gotten some writing done, I'm terrified as to the quality I will find when I go back to edit it. But the positive comments from this week also make me feel a bit more confident about what I'll find. Editing will be necessary (when is it ever not??), but maybe it won't be quite as bad.
It all got me thinking about the advice and criticism we all crave. For months, since joining the online blogosphere of the writing world, I've desperately wanted hard-nailed constructive criticism. And I've gotten it in many forms. Each time I've welcomed it (mostly) openly, and appreciated each piece. In my desire for the constructive to improve my craft, I think I lost sight of the need for positive reinforcement and how much that's necessary as well. While I feel a little head-swelly from Friday's compliments, I also remembered that, yeah, it's good to hear that people like my work. There's only so much self-flagellation a girl can take without caring for her wounds, too, right? Or eventually it gets to be too much and she has to stop.
So, hurrah for the positive!
And here, I need to send a out a quick thanks to those who have given me the most positive feedback along the way and made me feel like I can really do this: Jose, Maria, Catalina, Nazarea, Carol, Auzy, Astra, and the rest of my crit group. You're all awesome! Thank you :)
What's some praise you've received recently? Publication of a small/big work? Partial/full request? A friend saying how much they enjoy reading your chapters?
PS—I've recently received a few awards, too. Yea for more praise! I'll be posting them over the next couple of days.