Monday, August 1, 2011

WIP and Unicorn Update

Another milestone cleared in my current Work In Progress. This weekend I passed the 40k word mark. My hero has had his whole world collapse on him, and now he's got to try to put the pieces back together and see if he can salvage his dream.

I've also been tinkering with my Unicorn story. The drafting is done and now we have moved to the next stage in the Unicorn short stories. Critiquing. Each of us will submit our stories to the rest of the group for critique. I'm both excited and nervous about this.

It's exciting that it's going to be read. Writing is such a shared art form. The writer is only half the equation. We need the reader to have our art come fully alive. I'm thrilled to be able to share my story with this group.
But I'm also nervous. What will they say? What will they think of this short story I've written. I know I need the critiques. I know its the only way I'm going to get better. But it's still nerve wracking to put yourself out there. I need practice getting critiqued, too.

I really want my story to be good. I just know everyone else is going to write an amazing story. I just want mine to be able to stand up and not look completely out of place. The critiques will help that happen, and I'm ready to learn.

Whatever they have to say, I'm going to take it and apply it and do my level best to learn from it. Thick skin activate. This is going to be hard, but this is the path that leads to my goal. Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.


Mazil said...

I'm so looking forward to reading it. I had a peek at the first paragraph and I was already getting into it!

I will be critiquing, but not judging :) (Who am I to judge?) I hope we can all help you make your story as good as it can be :)

Ted said...

Good point, Maz. I'm removing the word judged.

Mazil said...

Oh good! Judging is quite black and white, and I hope we won't be doing that to you :)

By the way, I'm nervous too! I'm pretty thin-skinned in general, let alone with things that matter to me and I've put my heart and soul into. It is a bit exposing, isn't it?

Ted said...

It feels very exposing, but very necessary.