Popped! (aka My First Critique Group Read)

So last night was the Halloween Episode of DFWWW (Dallas-Fort Worth Writer’s Workshop).  We had an awesome potlock and also celebrated the fact that the workshop has produced 300 published novels.  Readings for that night were separated by Halloween reads and “regular” reads.  So…I signed up for a regular read. I figured the first time I read my stuff in front of strangers was pretty damn scary and fit into the seasonal theme.

I read the second half of my story “Gauntlet”.  I’ve been honing it for submission since it won third place at FenCon this year.  I was extremely nervous and read entirely too fast, but made it to the end without any major mishaps.  The group’s response was great.  Very complimentary, which is always nice.  Also, I got some really good advice, which is even better.  The experience really reinforced my decision to join the group.  Now if I can just get up the courage to critique somebody else…

I’ve taken the feedback I got from the critique group, made some adjustments to “Gauntlet”, and have cast it into the “Hope and Rejection 2010” tour of story submissions.  Speaking of that, I received a very encouraging rejection on another story in the submissions column .  Essentially, the editor assured me that it was a well-written story and had even made it out of the slush pile and into the “second opinions” file, but in the end it was rejected based on the individual taste of the editor.  If all my rejections were like that I’d be pretty happy…though more happy with an acceptance, of course.  So, once again, that tale goes back into the tour in hopes of finding an outlet. 

Right now, I’m in a pretty satisfied place as a writer, which is actually kind of rare and special for me. 

But enough navel gazing…I’m way behind on my prep for NaNoWriMo this year.  It’s coming up in less than a week, so I better get cracking!

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About Shedrick

I am a professional librarian and a part-time writer that's working to do that the other way around. I currently live in North Texas in the lovely city of Denton (“The Home of Happiness“) with my lovely wife and the obligatory demon-spawn cats. When not writing, gaming, or watching cheezy kung-fu flicks, I can sometimes be found in a pub (or the American equivalent) enjoying a fine brew.
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One Response to Popped! (aka My First Critique Group Read)

  1. Pingback: A Bit of Self-Indulgent Navel-Gazing « Serial Distractions

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