It works!

23 10 2012

Today, we workshopped my second-person creative non-fiction piece in class.  I was excited yet a bit unsure because, as I noted in my last post about my project, stuff written in the second-person can be tricky to pull off successfully.  Instinctively, I knew what I wrote worked, but in my rational, I’m-not-a-good-writer mind, I had doubts.  So when the first comments from everyone today were all positive, that it was a powerful, “awesome” (I got a lot of those) piece, I gave a sigh (which made a few people look at me strangely).  But it was a sigh of relief!  Oh, how good validation feels, when people appreciate your work.  I haven’t felt that in a while.

Needless to say, after workshopping my piece, I was motivated to edit and re-write after the meaningful feedback, which is always the goal of a good workshopping session.  I guess after getting everyone’s comments, I had the thought that I might actually be able to make it as a writer after all.

But we shall see (that’s my I’m-not-a-good-writer mind speaking).


17 10 2012

Again, I have no idea what to write today, but I do have an idea for a creative non-fiction piece.  I had already written one for my class to be workshopped and it’s great, but then a few days ago, I got this other wonderful, experimental idea, and I think it’s going to work, but I don’t know if people will understand what I’m trying to do.  I’ll just have to write it out and see what happens.  The only detail I will give is that it will be in the second person, which our instructor told us we should avoid using when writing autobiography because it rarely works.