Friday, December 10, 2010

Disaster at Open Mic Night!


Goblins slithered from the screen and danced around and around my shoulders spitting and taunting and jeering. It was too late for me to take cover. Everyone was watching and I was reading.

What? I didn't know I had so much detail and similar sentence structures within the same paragraph. How embarrassing! I've been working SO hard on this book for the past year. *Sigh*

I sat down, blushing at the applause I'm sure I didn't deserve. Well, for effort maybe.

I have to admit that I was disappointed in myself. I thought this: What? I've been so carefully weighing each and every paragraph. Sentence. Word. How? How can this happen? I was discouraged.

The good news is that the host told me that all of it was very well-written. It would be hard to choose which of the detail to file for another book and which to keep for this one.

Though I'm a bit discouraged now, I know what to do. I won't go back and fix what I found, but I'll keep plodding along and send some focus questions for my beta readers. (I'll post those   ).

How do you deal with goblin surprises?




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16 comments:

  1. Aw, I'm sure you're mostly being too hard on yourself. And wow, I don't know how you can resist revising. That's how I deal. If I feel like something isn't up to par I dive back in and tweak my little heart out, hoping I'm fixing the problem. Then my CPs get an email titled HELP. :)

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  2. I agree with Shannon, I'm sure it is not as bad as you think.

    I can spend hours tweaking my work and still find things I should have changed after it has been published!

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  3. But the great news is that the host said your stuff was well written - so YAY FOR YOU!!!!

    Take care
    x

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  4. Humans have a tendency to be harder on themselves than others. Don't be so hard on yourself. Keep plugging along.

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  5. Awe! I Agree, don't be so rough on yourself. It took a lot of courage to read it in the first place and I bet it really was well written! Those repeats and stuff are just cosmetic details to fix! Easy-peasy! Keep going!

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  6. i agree with Colene; the mere fact youre reading for others is really brave. that takes a lot of guts to do that. A lot of people wouldnt do it. congrats to you:))

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  7. What gets me, is that you can do that to a point and it helps build reading rhythm early. It gives a reader a sense of comfort and familiarity. It helps set the tone for style and form. As long as you get in gear with a plot and do not do that for pages at a time, it just hammers the building blocks early. Late it is a no-no....
    Battlefield Earth was like that throughout. That is the only book I have ever read that actually tortured me. :)

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  8. Hey, guys. *Sniff* I can feel the LUVE. Thank you so much for your thoughtful kindness. I hope you have a great weekend. <3

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  9. It's true. Some things will never be good enough by our own tough standards. But it's the response we get that really counts isn't it? Applause and compliments? That sounds like a resounding success to me! I envy you!

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  10. I understand how you feel. I think this has happened to every writer at one time or another. I know I work and work on my pages, take them to group and up pops a glaring error for all to see. Guess it keeps us humble.

    Hang in there!

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  11. It takes a strong person to stand up at an open mic night- I know I've been trying it myself with poetry. Don't be quite so hard on your self we are all still learning...I hope you continue to participate in them.

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  12. I'm sure it wasn't that bad!
    Hey, at least you know what to work on now. Better than not finding out until it was too late.

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  13. Good lord, you got up and read in front of people, just take a bow for that! I'm definitely sure it wasn't as bad as you thought it was, but Alex is right--it's an opportunity, you've discovered what you should work on now.

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  14. I love the image on this post and your honesty. I wonder if you noticed things that your listener's didn't because you know it better than they do. I think sometimes we feel we can always do things a little better. I'd like to see those Beta questions as this aspect of writing and critiquing is quite new to me. Sometimes what we read/write can seem different depending on the mood we are in and the experiences we've had, so don't be too hard on yourself. I have no doubt it was well written. At least you know you can edit it if you want. :O)

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  15. I'm sure it wasn't as bad as you're making it out to be. It takes a LOT of courage to get up in front of a crowd to share. The good news is that now you know what to watch out for!

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