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June, otter
 So, today has been better; much better by yards and yards and yards. 

Firstly, it's a Thursday, which means a couple of things. A) my weekend has technically begun (I only have one class tomorrow, and I'm working my last hours tomorrow as well, which I am kind of excited about, because it means I'm going to have more time next week to finish out my final projects on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday so...YAY) B) I had my two favorite classes today, which are acting and creative writing, which I feel both went rather well, though they usually do C) my group for my comm project met again, and we have just about finished up our project, all of the big parts anyway. I think we'll still have to do some fine tunning on Monday when we get together to practice presenting, but it is for the most part FINISHED. HUZZAH!!!!

Secondly: I'm not sure if I reported on this in my journal, but I entered an inkpop writing contest a little while ago which had the prompt of a revamping a myth or fairy tale or even folklore (the prompt was based off of a book called Starcrossed). I decided since I had my piece Rand of the Norse, which was the first htink I posted for this project, if you will recall), and I had submitted it to workshop and had my professor look over it, that I would do a quick revision and submit it. Then I got a comment the other day (yesterday I think...) saying that my writing was a "chore" to read and that I should "choke" my readers with a hook. (Luckily, I had finished reading The Late American Novel only days before and in it, there was something comparing pop lit which uses more hook than good writing to one night stands, so I was not that perturbed by the comment itself. It was still kind of a jerky thing to say, especially using the word "chore").

So...today I log into my email to check for anthology submissions and I find a wonderous email saying that my story was one of the two winners. I FREAKED! I seriously jumped up and shouted an explitive. After about thirty seconds of bouncing in my chair and repeating said explitive, I slipped on my shoes, grabbed my phone and my keys and ran across to the other dorm to explode onto my friends that I had won. I was apparently so quick and noisy, I scared the opossum rooting through a bin by the outer dorm door. Sorry Opossum! Then when I returned to my room, I reread my winning email, and once I found out that I was allowed to talk about winning, posted a message to facebook. After spending some time exploring the books from HarperTeen that I could pick from as my prizes, I also went and checked out the other winning story. 

I haven't had a chance to read through it yet, but the comments it had went something like: this was hard to understand. Some people gave validation by saying it felt a little rushed, but one person actually mentioned that they only skimmed the story....Okay, so....I think inkpop might have just invalidated itself by the people who frequent these things and their lousy critiques. One of the things I am noticing about writing is that you almost have to be good at critique as well, because learning how to formulate good critique not only enables you to help other writers, but allows you to learn which critique you should take in your own wiritng. Because there is some of the critique, which in the end, you just have to throw out, because you didn't feel it fit the story or because it was not good critique.

I actually replied back to the person who wrote on my story and well, I didn't really critique their critique, but I tried my best to be respectful of this person's opinion. And I think that's what it comes down to: respect for another person's work even if you don't understand or it can get confusing. Almost about the respect for someone's writing, is reasoning. Give reasons why you feel it's confusing, where you specifically and over all feel confused. Or why you feel the piece needs work in any area. If the person is a beginning writer, try to give them feedback on the more baser things and explain, explain your choices very thoroughly, because other wise, you aren't really helping them (this is what my 141 creative writing class taught me at least).

ALSO: I feel that I have learened how to take critique really well. Senselessness I do not like. My mom actually really upset me because she asked if she could read it and then stopped because she felt it was "profane." I do swear in this, but it was only once. I actually warned her about the subject matter, that it's about a gay, demi-god, and she still agreed to read it. So it kind of bothered me that she said she "couldn't" finish. It really bothered me. REALLY bothered. That and a couple of other comments she made. But that was senselessness, critique is vastly different and, it's own way, lends support to the writing.

But as for the rest of the year; I feel like I have so much less to do now that the professors are assigning less of the smaller assignments and letting us focus on our projects. Also getting the major comm project out of the way really helped my stress levels go down. So yeah for bed tonight. Anyway, so yeah, I have a lot of projects to do, but somehow they all feel managable some how. I think I'm going to go and try to write about a thousand words of fiction and see how that goes.

Atalanta part 13
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