Haha also I skipped over the big thing: if you're getting critiques someplace that are all totally useless, then yes, screw that, right? You're better off getting a read from a friend who doesn't even read books -- at least they'll talk with you about what it felt like to read it -- than getting rote drive-by critiques from people who aren't even really engaging with what you wrote.
― oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Saturday, 24 July 2010 00:46 (eleven years ago) link
my suggestion/my two cents: see if you can find a place to take a writing workshop nearby. even if the class sucks, you may meet some people who you can start your own workshop with.
― Mr. Que, Saturday, 24 July 2010 00:59 (eleven years ago) link
kate, whether that workshop will work for you will depend on what you need from it vs. what you get from it.
You'll pretty quickly sort out which members of the group have any kind of clue how to write an effective piece of their own, whether poem or story. That's a clue. More importantly, you'll discover which ones seem able to give your work a fresh hearing and honest reactions. If nobody there knows how to listen to or read anyone but themselves, or if they consistently try to remake you into an image of themselves, then they'll be next to useless.
If you are extremely lucky, then someone in the group will be able to see what your intentions are in a piece, then speak with insight about where your technique succeeds in delivering on those intentions and where it fails. That's the gold standard. You rarely get that, though.
P.S. Obv, try to do for others what you would like them to do for you.
― Aimless, Sunday, 25 July 2010 15:48 (eleven years ago) link
Writing-wise, most ridiculous moment of decade was as writer-guest for a workshop held at someone's house. During the workshop, I got a massive headache & asked for aspirin. A woman gave me aspirin after which I began to itch. "Sorry--gave u my anti-itching pills by mistake." 1/?— Jeff VanderMeer (@jeffvandermeer) December 28, 2019
― mookieproof, Saturday, 28 December 2019 17:55 (one year ago) link
The hell is up with writers
― Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Saturday, 28 December 2019 17:59 (one year ago) link
I once went to a workshop, held at a university, where a participant appeared for critique naked from the waist up and then stormed out of the because nobody was taking them seriously.
― rb (soda), Monday, 30 December 2019 00:23 (one year ago) link