Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Back to critiquing

So today my first couple chapters from the new book are going to critique group. It's the first time since last summer that I've had anything substantial up on the block. To be honest I'm a little nervous.

But my wife gave me a good reminder last night--critique isn't a pat-on-the-back club. It's about strengthening and honing your writing. Sometimes that means enduring the pain of seeing how you missed the mark (again), where your writing was lax, your ideas didn't pan out, and your spelling is atroshus (ha). But it also means that your work will be better, cleaner and stronger which makes it worth the effort.

Anyway, donning my thickest skin. Wish me luck.

PS -- For the record, my critique group is awesome. Never mean-spirited, always thoughtful, but also deeply honest. Just because someone cares about you and your writing doesn't always make it easy to hear what's broken.

2 comments:

Nathaniel (Nate) Hansen said...

I know it's too late to wish you luck, but I hope you've recovered (if necessary). It must feel great to have newer work in workshopping stage. Keep the pen to the paper, or the fingers to the keyboard!

Jason R. Clark said...

Thanks for the good wishes. It does feel great to be embarking on something new. I've even gotten back to drafting some new material--a miracle given that Coraline's only 6 weeks old, and I was expecting a couple of months worth of "diapering instead of writing" time.

Critique went well, and my nervous jitters were soothed. They had some great suggestions, but most of all I took away the encouragement that I can do it, and to keep on working.

Huzzah for workshopping!