Thursday, July 03, 2008

We Go To Eleven

Hi everyone! Thanks for all the great comments on Second Day Reported as I write it. I'm grateful for all feedback and find it incredibly helpful. I've belonged to writer's workshop groups off and on through the years, but haven't participated in one in a long time due to time constraints so this works in much the same way. I try to see what's working and what's not while not getting paralyzed by any of it. One negative about being in a writer's group is having too many opinions too early, but I find that dynamic not to be a problem on the blog. Somehow the form lends itself to a certain casual give and take that doesn't get bogged down in details that I liken to rock polishing -- taking one sentence or scene and working it over and over when you're not even sure that you need the scene in the final draft. I'm still waiting for a structure to emerge in Second Day Reported and many of the comments have been helpful in guiding me to that goal. I started writing about the subjects that inform the book (rape, violence, family past) on this blog so it makes sense that it's being formed in this forum. Thanks again for all your careful reading!

Michelle's Spell of the Day
"I saw eggs and chicken on a Chinese menu and it was called Mother and Child reunion and I thought, I've got to use that." Paul Simon

Cocktail Hour
Drinking fashion suggestion: Go to Betsey Johnson this weekend if you like dresses --big, big sale!

Benedictions and Maledictions
Congratulations to Sheila and Joey on their engagement!


Charles Gramlich said...

A good point about the problem of folks getting too many varied opinions too early. I saw this in my writing group today for one woman's work.

the walking man said...

My one question thus far on the work is the title
"Second Day Reported"
Would you care to expound on it?

JR's Thumbprints said...

I've been waiting all my life for structure to emerge; writing is no different. As for rock polishing--I equate that with putting the finishing touches on the milieu of a story.

Have a happy, snappy 4th, Michelle. Have fun at the wedding; should be a good character study.

laughingwolf said...

i so agree, that's why i stopped going, for the most part

while like feedback, and sometimes use it, often critiques disintegrate into likes/dislikes :(