Sorry for the delay! Classes and work typically devour my time, but the magazine I'm designing for my club freaking obliterated me the past week or so. crying Talk about not having a life!
Anyway, yeah, the reactions of readers is at the same time both horrifying and entertaining. And no matter how much I might dislike getting some reviews/critiques, the majority of them just make up my day, especially when I can read one tat say's I've brightened someone else's day. When I write my fanfiction, I'm also like, bouncing off the walls when I get the reviews. I've had some that just make my heart hurt with happiness at how kind they are. Those are the ones I love the most, lol. And it kind of makes you realize that maybe if even though what they got out of it wasn't what you'd wanted them to, maybe it didn't matter because they still enjoyed it, lol.....unless it's a plot device, LMAO. Then I'm usually screwed, and that's happened a few times!
And you know...I hadn't realized my last comment was that long, haha!
Then I shall adorn you wall with words as often as I might think to, LOL. xDxD
I think the hardest part about description is that no one is really going to understand what you're trying to get across, except for you. Not completely anyway. Sure, they'll know the words and understand the meanings, but you're really the only one who can understand what kind of emotions you're putting into it and what kind of emotions you're getting out. I think the worst thing I've experienced, and am still experiencing now with my Writing Fiction course at Uni. is that my professor will read way too much into something and I'm all like...."yeah, that was just a flower. No deeper meaning there, nothing about sex and the vulva and spirituality and all that. Just a flower."
Yeah, not so much cool, LOL. But I suppose that comes with being a writer and learning to decipher which critiques actually help and which ones don't matter for frack. It's also a really big matter of learning from your mistakes. I participated in an earlier version of YSN and though technically I kept with the prompts....I also didn't. I'm pretty sure the only reason I got an honorable mention that year was because of the writing itself, and nothing to do with the actual story. It was pretty bad, lol. But I took a lot from that, at least in how you approach a contest, because I suppose that's what I needed to take from that, aside from any technical mistakes I need to focus on. I can tell you now, I'm still a comma whore and I run the corner on mistakes with possession. And I can admit to being pretty cocky, because I know I can write and that I'm good at it. That's why contests are good too, because it takes a chip out of that ego, lol. I thought I would win YSN but after rereading my piece and the 1st place and using the criteria that Je Te Suviens was judging with, the other piece was better. emo
And now I'm rambling more word vomit, lol, and I've forgotten where my train of thought was headed...lemme see here...
Hm. Send me your piece if you'd like me to look over it. ^_^ And as far as the whole paragraph breaks? Think about it like this: If you're to start writing using the stream of consciousness method, it makes sense to keep it as one big block, right? Or maybe even to split it off into paragraphs for readability, right? But try reading it aloud and think about the natural pauses when you're reading it, as if you're having an actual conversation with another person. Think of the breaks between paragraphs as you taking a breath and starting a new part of the conversation, a part that's related, but different to the first part. Does that make sense?
Aw, thank you! That's sweet!
Also, what better reason to enter a contest, than to challenge yourself, right? RL obligations aside, part of growing as a writer is about stretching to your very limits of what you're comfortable with! Practice and perfection and all that jazz. xDxDxD And I'd also be more than happy to read over it for you, whether you decide to submit it or not. I actually used to be really, really bad at description, but in the opposite way that you are. (<.<....not to say you're bad at description, lol, just that it could use work, as the host of YSN pointed out...I'm going to shut up about that now. crying)) I'd always write way, way too much about one tiny little insignificant piece that didn't really matter to the scene. :emotion_facepalm: A lot of the time, I ended up with blocks of text, lol. So not a pretty sight. I think there's a line, and getting better with description is just a matter of finding that point on the line you're not comfortable with and toeing it, even stepping over it from time to time and seeing what happens. Maybe it turns into a block of text. Maybe it stays the same. But maybe you also find you've written something really fracking beautiful because you found the middle ground, you know? Ha. Sorry. Didn't mean to word vomit on your wall. >_<
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