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24 September 2009 @ 05:51 pm
Carrie Vaughn nails it with respect to what's going on behind critiques and stories  
Carrie Vaughn has a post, titled "reading yourself", on her blog today . It's about the difficulty in taking critiques, especially among new writers (such as myself), and how it relates to the "the story in your head" versus "the story on the paper".

This is an excellent, excellent point.

I was told, a while back, that there are actually three stories: the story in your head, the story on the paper, and the story in the reader's head.

For the writer, her job is to try to get the story on the paper as close to the story in her head as possible. She still can't control the story in the reader's head, because it starts at the words on the manuscript and grows from there based on the reader's history and experience. But if the story on the paper doesn't match with the one in her head, the reader will end up nowhere near the story in her head. Note that this situation shows a problem with the words on the paper, and is not necessarily a failure of the story itself.

The ability to somehow separate the story on the paper from the one in your head is a crucial ability, and one I still have not been able to develop to any degree. I still try with every story to read the story on the paper for what it is, on the paper. Maybe one day I'll actually figure it out.

Overall, a great post. Go read it!
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Christopher Kastensmidtckastens on September 25th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
I agree with everything except the fact that you're still a "new" writer. :)
jeffsoesbe: hemingway first draftjeffsoesbe on September 28th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
I still feel like a "new" writer. I think I'm forever going to feel like a "new" writer! There's so much I just don't know.

Gotta keep practicing...

- yeff

Edited at 2009-09-28 10:57 pm (UTC)
Christopher Kastensmidtckastens on September 28th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
I think I'm forever going to feel like a "new" writer! There's so much I just don't know.


I doubt that feeling ever goes away. :)
jeffsoesbe: yeff southparkjeffsoesbe on October 1st, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
I have heard from many folks that it never does. Didn't Bear say something like that at VPXI?
Christopher Kastensmidtckastens on October 1st, 2009 10:05 am (UTC)
yep. but bears will be bears.