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To Writers Everywhere...

Postby lish1936 » Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:21 pm

This is SO apropos to the new "critique" changes and the color red, as in "red ink." :D

Out of My Own Way: Listening to Critics and Rewriting My Masterpieces
By Janice Lynch Schuster

"I had a degree in math, and a passion for writing poetry. As a brand-new MFA student in the late 1980s, I hoped not just to learn all that I could, but to show off what I could do. A since-dead writer, quite famous at that time, was offering a workshop on nonfiction, which I had little experience writing. I no longer remember the assignment, but for some reason, thought I should write something light and silly.

A few weeks later, my paper came back, with a note scrawled by that famous hand in scorching red ink across the top. I no longer remember his exact phrasing, but the general message was that I had composed the most idiotic thing he had ever read, and he marveled that I was in a graduate degree program. My piece had made me laugh–his note made me cry.

But then, it made me angry. He wanted serious? He wanted insights? He wanted relevance? I could do that, too. I resubmitted the paper and a week later, got another note, “You’ve shown me you’ve got what it takes to be a writer–you rewrote."


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Postby Shann » Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:53 pm

I love it. Someone once asked Mark Twain how he knew when he was finished rewriting. The answer was something like: it's simple, I'll be dead. :mrgreen:
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Postby Come forth » Sun Mar 02, 2014 5:44 pm

Goes along with a quote I heard once; but can't remember where it came from or who said it:

"There is no such thing as good writing, there is only good rewriting."

Blessings, Graham.
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A Revelation of His Word, crystal clear.
Admitting our need to be drawn in,
Less of self, more of Him.

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Postby RachelM » Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:54 pm

Wow! Thanks for sharing!

I was telling my mother-in-law (a magazine editor) that I was working with an editor and how blessed I was with that process. She basically told me that I had what it takes to be a writer too, since I was willing to take criticism and grow from it.

She said that it was a rare thing and very important for people who want to be in the writing industry. She deals with countless people that are offended when she recommends changes.
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Postby lish1936 » Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:08 pm

Rachel wrote:I was telling my mother-in-law (a magazine editor)...



Having a magazine editor as a mother-in-law suggests you have a lot in common. Is that why your husband married you? Just kidding... :D


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Postby RachelM » Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:16 am

Actually she is my stepmother-in-law, but that is just totally confusing! I don't know how my husband would react to the thought that he married someone like his stepmom. :lol:
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