Write-Off


Saturday was my Writer’s Critique for the 20-manuscript pages I turned in in December. I had a fifteen minute meeting with a local writer who wrote up a 2-page evaluation, as well as marked up my pages with suggested revisions.

Overall, it was a very good experience and totally worth the time and money I invested. I got some great criticism, and a very honest, sobering answer. Question: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being “very ready” — how ready are these pages to be mailed off in the form of a book proposal? Answer: 3. I was expecting at least a 7, but after re-reading the pages, I see he is right.

I’ve very proud of myself, too. Because I’m one of those people great at dishing out criticism, but terrible at taking it. And I think the best thing for me to do with my writing at this point, is to get as many people as possible to read it (and  subsequently) tear it to shreds. I would also really like to take a writing class, but virtually all of writing classes here are weekday evenings and start before my husband gets home from work. Perhaps in the future I’ll just suck it up and higher a sitter.

I’ll finish with some exciting news on my end…

1.) I have an essay coming out in an anthology in May — Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Mothering Across Cultures edited by Suzanne Kamata. And to complete the plug — the book is available for pre-order now! It’s a cool cover, isn’t it?

2.) Yesterday I got a piece accepted in another anthology — about miscarriage. It’s coming out some time in 2010.

3.) For the month of February, I’m going to be The Muse at skirt! This means that they’re going to promote my blog there a little more on the main website. I’m so excited. I’m not writing there this week, so that I can get my head together for next week. I’ll probably have about 12-14 posts next month at skirt! so stay tuned.

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7 thoughts on “Write-Off

  1. How cool that 1) you are taking such proactive steps with your writing and 2) you are going to be a published author! I can’t wait to read your essays! Congrats!

  2. Look at you go! My goodness.

    The anthology cover is super cool. Can’t wait to read your upcoming skirt! stuff. (All your stuff, really! Yay you!)

  3. I think we are all “those people” who find it easier to critique than hear our own work critiqued! At least I am.
    Thanks for sharing all the exciting news! Congrats on the skirt! Muse month, and the anthologies. Wonderful news for you and your readers! I’m in awe of you and your tenacity, and excited to read more! Yay you!

  4. Congratulations! Learning how to take criticism is so hard yet so important for the writing life, so you are certainly not alone on that journey!

  5. Oh my gosh — congratulations! That is really really exciting, I can’t wait to read your published pieces. As for the criticism — I know what you mean. Every time I turn in a piece for evaluation, I secretly hope that everyone will say, “It’s perfect! You’re brilliant! I wouldn’t change a thing!” But then, you know, that never happens.

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