I did get one short story critiqued. This is one I was really proud of, a mythic fantasy short story of a kind I haven’t seen in a long time. Naturally, it didn’t go over well. I seem to have a problem with endings. This is something I really need to study and improve on. Endings for short stories are so important. Ending wrap up the plot, the theme…everything. Mine seem too abrupt. I also did something unpleasant with commas, apparently.
That made me a little down this weekend. I seem to write fast and sloppily. I need to show more care and revise more but I need to be able to write beautiful prose without strangling what creativity and originality I do possess. Which of course led me into a dark spiral of questioning my ability to even write beautiful prose. I’ve never been a stylist, I try to be a storyteller. Luckily the weather has been heavenly or I might have had an even worse weekend.
Anyway, tonight I’m back on Angel Odyssey’s read-aloud pass. I’ll see if I can beef up the characterization of Jacob and Jael as I go. I know I can create and write interesting characters. Now I just need to prove it.