big buts can be awkward. Totally doable mind you, but awkward. Writing is one of those big buts. I write. I do not necessarily write well, but I write. I actually assume that everyone does and am often surprised when I hear from a friend or acquaintance that they do NOT write. Honestly doesn't everyone dream of writing something that someone will someday read and feel someway?
So, in order to attempt to shrink at least on of my big buts, I have been trying to write more. And share that writing more. I hope to sharpen and hone the skill a little at a time, but I really desire feedback and criticism that would aid in accomplishing that goal. So, I went to a writing group last week. Scary, yes. Fun, yes. Helpful, somewhat. It was the first time I had read any of my writing in a group…the scary part. Everyone shared something they had written…the fun part. My only disappointment was the lack of feedback. We shared our writing, but I was really hoping for more discussion and a few tidbits of criticism to help refine the writing. Maybe that is wishful thinking. Maybe people do not do that anymore. Perhaps gone are the days of the Shelleys and Byron or Wordsworth and Coleridge conferring, collaborating and analyzing.
So, since this is where all of the writing "friends" I have hang out (meaning the blogosphere) I ask, are those days gone? Perhaps things have simply changed? Maybe that is even a good thing? Rather than gathering on an estate outside of London; hashing out poetry and prose around the fire with friends and family, we can accomplish the same thing from our own kitchen tables from miles apart. Although, if you ask me, the London estate sounds inviting! I have come across a few blogs that invite folks to share writing, but rarely does anyone offer any real criticism. I love reading others' offerings and would be glad to share if I could come up with anything worth sharing. But even though I think the exercise is worthwhile (flexing our muscles and all) if we keep making the same mistakes, are we really getting any better at our craft? Am I a total dork? Don't answer that. Anyone have any thoughts?
Quote of the Day: " I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done."
--Steven Wright comedian and writer