Sunday, May 18, 2014
How I Found the Write Path: Worthless and Insulted
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This blog hop is brought to you by PK Hero. It's a pretty cool idea. Here's the basic deal: YOU WRITE A LETTER TO YOURSELF or something like that (I don't do directions all that well. So. Yeah.). You can find out more by clicking the link above.
WORTHLESS AND INSULTED
by Shelly Arkon
Talia blinked watery blue eyes at the freckled face boy standing head to head with her.
He ran his hand underneath his nose and then scratched at a scab on his lift elbow.
Her cheeks blushed a rose color as she watched. There was something about him that gave her butterflies in the pit of her stomach.
At eleven, these beautiful words written by another eleven year old plundered my heart. It even discouraged me from writing anymore stories for a long time. My stories seemed so...STUPID! The way I put my words together were total BLECK ! I never felt good enough or worthy or confident in my own ability to create a story like (changing her name to protect the perfectly innocent here) Maria Amos.
What I've learned since...everyone is unique. Each writer has their own voice and their own way in putting a story together. We should NEVER-EVER compare ourselves with other writers. It's one sure way to keep you from practicing your craft to make it better or keeping you from finishing and publishing anything.
"Do you think you can clarify 'she worked like a dog all day'?" Miss M asked me, wrinkling her forehead in confusion.
At sixteen, I had entered a short story competition that my high school was putting on. I worked tirelessly on mine. To me, it was the best ever story... EVER.
One of my high school teachers offered to critique and edit it for me. Well...I didn't take her constructive criticism as helpful advice. Instead, I took it as an insult.
Sadly, I never finished my piece for the competition and withdrew from it completely.
What I've learned since...another pair of eyes will always see something you or me won't or can't. Stories are like families. We make excuses for our bad habits and enable them on because we're too close to really fix what could be better.
So don't ever GIVE UP if you THINK someone else's story or voice or idea is way better than yours. And don't take someone's critique as either a correct or wrong assumption. Weigh everything. Consider what is said. It's always good to have three sets of eyes. Then if two out of three see the same writing issue, fix it.
Oh and treat yourself to some delicious chocolate while perfecting your story or stories. It makes everything better.
I hope everyone has a Happy Monday and week. I'll be working the next couple of days.
Hope to keep up in the blogosphere this week. Last week I failed miserably.
Hugs and chocolate, all!