Receiving Critiques

Still going. Still writing. Can’t stop. Oy. I’ve been on that writer’s site and it’s doing wonders for my writings skills, I can’t even express how much.

First of all, I’d like to talk about receiving critique. This is something I admit I’ve had a really hard time with in the past. That too is difficult to express how much. Just take my word for it, it’s been more than I care to fess up to.

With my art, it’s no problem for me. Not much anyway. Nothing I can’t handle. I don’t care if someone doesn’t like what I make. I understand it because the work is not for everyone. That’s okay. I realize they are only opinions.

With writing, it’s entirely different because there are grammar rules. There’s clarity in expressing yourself and making sure the reader can smoothly glide across the page. You want to make sure they’re sucked into the story, not held up by sentences that put them into traffic jams. I’m trying to improve all of this.

So, in order to do this, I need other writers to help me. Show me. That requires critiquing the work line by line, crossing out words I don’t need or correcting my bad grammar. I want it to be right, dammit.

So criticism, if constructive, is good. I want it. I invite it. If it makes me a better writer, bring it on baby. I think I’ve come a long way.

In other news, I received a big reality check from the copy editor that’s been working on Shrapnel. Not only has he been making suggestions to reorganize the chapters, but he’s also been suggesting edit changes and/or removing all of my self-debasing jokes. He had some very interesting, well actually enlightening, reasons for this. Long story short, this book will be a lot closer to the book I always wanted to write but didn’t quite know how to do it on my own.

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