Pretty cool picture huh? I just found it browsing Wikimedia Commons and had to share. One of the first words my daughter learned to say was “turtle”, which coming from her little mouth was the cutest word ever spoken.
My Pittsburgh Penguins won again last night. They are one win away from the Stanley Cup finals. That’s all I want to say about that, for fear of jinxing it.
Szelsofa had an interesting post today about a prototype paper by Xerox which erases itself! Head on over to her blog to see the details. It sounds pretty cool.
Taffiny had a post the other day regarding sharing some of her writing with her family, and the anxiety of sharing her writing with anyone. I totally understand. It can be so hard to share writing or any creative endeavor for that matter, because it’s as if you are sharing a piece of yourself.
When I first started writing seriously, not all that long ago, I would share stuff with my family. They are always supportive and usually tell me I did a good job with whatever I wrote. Most of their suggestions were grammar related.
Next, I started sharing my writing here on this blog. Again, most readers are extremely supportive. I love that about you all. It was here that I got a few style suggestions.
Finally, I have joined a critique group. These people go into way more depth in my writing, and I hear less of “that’s nice” and more of “you are showing, not telling” or “would this character really do that?”. It’s not all positive stuff, but always done in a nice manner, and always helpful.
So, yeah, all these things work. I imagine the critique group is the one used least by beginning writers. However, I also think it’s the most important. Sometimes we need people who aren’t related, or scared to hurt out feelings to look at our work in a critical way, to find the things we just can’t find in our writing. It has been extremely valuable for me.
Thanks for the post idea here Taffiny and good luck with sharing your writing. Anyone who reads your work is lucky to be able to do so.