Wednesday, July 3, 2013

IWSG: Fiction Is Not My Thing

 
Hosted by Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh!
 
I signed on to write a Christmas short story for an anthology with my bloggy friends. I took advantage of the opportunity, but I didn't think before I said, "Yes, I will do it." I wrote one page and had it critiqued. I failed miserably at showing, not telling. I thought about the anthology for the past few months. I realized fiction is not my thing. I emailed my friends to let them know I'm bowing out and they understood.
 
If I would've committed to the anthology, the book wouldn't be excellent. I didn't want to embarrass myself, so that's why I left. I might've betrayed my friends, but I hope they forgive me.
 
I learned to not jump on a opportunity too quickly and if you can't do it, don't wait until the last minute to tell the truth. I will continue to write nonfiction and movie reviews.

20 comments:

  1. sometimes it takes the embarrassing moment of leaving a trail of toilet paper on your shoe to remind yourself to look before you walk out the stall...like my analogy?? hahaha... squeezes to you girl!!

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  2. Sounds like you made the right decision. Doing what you enjoy doing is the most important thing.

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  3. *hugs* I think it can be a good thing to throw yourself into things, because maybe you'll learn something new! But it's also good to recognise where your strengths are. You tried, it wasn't your thing, now you can move on to things you are more comfortable with! :D

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  4. It's good to learned something about yourself before you fully committed. Sounds like you made the best decision for you.

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  5. I do this all the time; commit to something without really thinking about it. Usually it works out alright, but sometimes I do regret it.

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  6. No worries Livia! We totally understand. It takes a lot of courage to do what you did. You're one excellent lady :)

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  7. I think knowing your limits is a very mature, very wise thing. I once agreed to write a flash fiction sci-fi/ horror piece, but I couldn't do it. I too bowed out. I don't consider that a failure. I didn't know I couldn't until I tried.

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  8. No problem, Livia! You have to do what is right for you and only a rock would judge you different for it. But wait, rocks don't judge ... or even think ... well, there you go! You're in the clear. :)

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  9. Of course we forgive you! We still love you and will support you in your review writing. *hugs*

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  10. Livia, that's smart to know when you're not ready. Tough decision. But there are so many other writing opportunities, and you do enjoy writing your reviews.

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  11. Well, you have to do what's most comfortable, but take it from me, it's when you make mistakes that you learn how to do it correctly. I made every single rookie mistake known to man when I first wrote my book, but working with critique partners taught me what I needed to know. So don't give up just because you had one bad experience. Learning to show not tell is a learned skill. You CAN do it, if you want to. You also have to learn how to take criticism and work through it. It does get easier.

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  12. Oh Livia, my writing sistah-- yes, yes, I went through the same process (even wrote an article about it on the current edition of WOW-- Women on Writing-- with the help of several writing coaches). I had to really re-examine my writing identity, so I hear you completely.

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  13. Nothing wrong with recognizing a mistake and rectifying it before things get out of hand.

    I'm sure they understood :)

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  14. You know in your heart what's best for you! And we will all support you! It took me a while to find what I wanted to write too... and we need to experiment to figure it out! :D

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  15. Hey, that's okay. We all have something we aren't good at. I'm awful at nonfiction and I show instead of tell sometimes too. You are great at film reviews and I love reading them. :)

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  16. I don't think you let anyone down at all. It takes courage to admit when you're not ready. Do what you love and we'll support you!

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  17. There are times we should push ourselves and times we should accept ourselves for who we are. The wisdom, I suppose, is in knowing which time is which. Always choose happy over stress if the choice is yours to make.

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  18. That took some real courage. Good to learn that lesson while you're young.

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  19. :( If fiction is not your passion, there's nothing wrong with that. You can rock the non-fic. But if you do want to write fiction some day, don't count yourself out! It may take practice, but you can do it if you want to. :)

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  20. Great advice. I have to be careful about what I get myself into. Some things sound good until I sit down to participate and crickets start chirping in my head. ;-)

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