Here is a blog post of mine from 2010. I like to read my old posts. I see the mistakes, and catch a bit of the mind-set I was in on the day I wrote it. It is almost like an old photo. Hope you enjoy it, as much as I do. -SPL
As you know I’ve just started to dive into this great adventure called “become a master author and get published”. My writing has gone under the microscope and I am its worst critic. My spelling is not so good; I’ve read less than 200 books in my lifetime, and my most recent discovered fault: I lack descriptive words.
Quite often when I am writing a story I will leave out some information like the color of someone’s shirt, even if I see it in my mind, because I feel it would bore the reader to know such detail. After careful thought I’ve concluded that this attitude toward details is due to bad writing habits from my past. Working in an office for ten years has striped me of any creative writing abilities that I now see MUST be recovered! Many times in my grey cubicle I would slave over the…
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This is so interesting, to go back and see your “roots” at that stage of development. How do you feel you’ve changed since then In the challenge areas identified in your personal critique? What do you now appreciate in your writing? Have you found your voice? What are your challenges now? Looking back is the beginning of the revision process and a great way to learn. Reading others’ stuff is, too. Have you read Anthony Doerr? His work is painfully beautiful.
Best wishes for a dazzling year of writing, Shannon!
Thank you for these marvelous questions, Susanissima!
One of my known short comings is writing the way I speak. (is there any other way??) ahhaaa! I use too much slang in conversation. One day I WILL grow up and be a lady.
I’ll look up Doerr.
-Best wishes in the dark Alaska,