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nanowrimo 2010


Diary of a Blind Madman

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nanowrimo 2010

Off to training this morning. I really don't know why I'm being trained on this product. I don't know who will be using it or why it is important for me to understand it. I suppose all will eventually be revealed to me. Yeah. Right.

All-day classes are painful. All the more so because I used to teach and can't help critiquing the instructor as much as learning the material. It's a truism that doctors make the worst patients. Of a certainty, instructors make the worst students.

In the wee hours I converted my poetry page to a long in-line document. It will, I hope generate some responses when I post the link to the Writer's community. Previous posts there don't generate much in the way of responses and I suspect that they may have had problems with the fact that the page is Java-script intensive.

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I think the lack of response is due to people not commenting when they feel like it. Both writers and sfwriters communities appear to have a ton of lurkers. Ive been going on critique binges as of late, trying to get more people to give input. A lot of times, noone wants to make the first few comments. Im actually debating crossposting a semi-bitchy rant on why people should give back and critique if theyre being allowed to read others' work. :)

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Re: Mind if I interject?

I've always thought that interject took it's roots from interrupt and eject, the latter being the natural consequence of the former, but I'm not that good at entymology (or is it etymology, I always mix those two).

I suspect all of your interjected conjecture hits near the mark.

My sesquipedalian tendencies do tend to intimidate. But, y'know, I don't care. Without all those big words where would H.P.Lovecraft have been? Immanuel Kant and his 70-word sentences border on abuse of the language, but he cannot be ignored when studying writing. I'm in good company, at least, when the obese lady with the hornéd hat executes her aria.

that you do tend to respond frequently. It inspired me to look at your journal and to add you to my friends list. I have tried to make a few comments here and there (mostly in writers, but also in creativityunite). I wish more would.Writers, as a class, don't take criticism well, so I suspect that many who do read fail to post for fear of offending or of being flamed.

Too bad.

I, too, have considered lambasting the lurkers with a post to try and shame them into some activity. Overall, I might feel better but I think it would be a futile effort.


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Though distancing is a difficult thing to manage. I have a terrible time critiquing my own work -- Im either too quick to throw it out as rubbish, or I see promise in it and just dont know how to hammer it into shape.

Ive actually come to think it has a lot to do with people not really knowing how to take criticism well, and being afraid to offend someone with the modern concepts of PCness. A friend of mine maintains that there are two aspects to every artform -- being able to create, and being able to critique and analyze. Unfortunately, a lot of people choose to focus on just one (for the longest time, Id NEVER share anything I wrote/drew).

Maybe we need to do a critiquing workshop. :P

isn't hard. At least it shouldn't be. The problem with the revision phase of any work is that most writers, being of an "artistic" temperament, never become workmanlike about revisions. They (and I share this fault often enough) tend to buff and polish instead of tightening the bolts and planing it off level. If you can take a thorough, methodical approach, it is generally not difficult to distance yourself from a work sufficiently to honest about it's strengths and weakness. Every piece has both.

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