Ugh. I got home tonight, totally exhausted, and realised I had no FLash Fiction for Flash Fiction Friday On Wednesday.
Oh! I have failed you **Sob Sob**
But I have a really good reason. Tonight I attended a critique session with a group of local writers. I have a love/hate relationship with these things. For one thing, I get really tired of saying the same things over and over again. sometimes I wish I could just be the queen of cut and paste.
So… why do I do it? Because someone a few years ago saw a glint of hope in a little newbie writer called Jennifer Eaton, and took the time to SLASH THE HOLY HECK out of her work, and then explain why.
Someone took the time to help me, and now is my time to give that little bit of help back. That’s also why I do this blog.
Now, this is not to say I am the one-stop know it all about writing. ‘Cause I know I’m not… but I do have a lot of experience at this point that I can relay to others.
So, yes, I groan over first time critiques… but I love when I get to talk to people and explain things to them, and have their eyes light up with an “ah-ha” moment.
There were mostly new people tonight, so I was starting from scratch, but one girl had been critiqued by me before, and her writing was SO MUCH BETTER than last time… I was SO EXCITED for her. Congrats, Dawn!
I really love when I can relay a little of what I’ve learned. It is so much better to learn from my mistakes than making these mistakes yourself.
And what did I get in return for my personal critiques? An overwhelming consensus that my Main Character in my new WIP Fire in the Woods is fourteen years old.
Why is this significant? BECAUSE SHE’S SEVENTEEN.
So… back to editing my first few pages… where they thought the problem lay.
And sorry for missing flash fiction. My mind is just a pile of goo.
Time for Bed! Good night!
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