Update – new class location

Greetings students!

Our Fiction Writing Class has a new home in Twinity! Just log in for class and look for Loriendil’s Writers’ Retreat. If you can’t find it, just do a search for me and teleport to where I am.

The place is cozy and decorated nicely (if I do say so myself).

Class next week, Saturday, 2 October 10, will be a catching up on what everyone is doing, and, hopefully, introductions to a few new people who have shown an interest in the class. I hope to see you there.

Saturdays, 6 p.m. eastern, at Loriendil’s Writers’ Retreat in Twinity.

And keep writing!

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Class Canceled

Due to problems with my ISP, I cannot guarantee my ability to stay connected. I’ve reluctantly decided it would be best to cancel class than disappear repeatedly during it. I’m sorry.

If you have questions concerning your writing, or wish to give me ideas for future class topics, please leave them in comments.

Thanks – and keep writing!

Willing to Learn

The Way Back Machine in my mind went crazy today, and I recalled a person who was once in a crit group with me. And that sparked the following:

Why is it some writers feel that their stories can be easily “fixed”? Simply follow some rules — for grammar, punctuation, formatting, and so forth, and you’ll have a great story. And — if you don’t get how to “fix” your writing, merely ask your fellow critters to do the work for you.

I had the misfortune of being in a group with someone who had lousy writing skills and instead of trying to learn to write better, merely wanted us to fix his stories for him.

However, even with good writing skills, one still needs to know how to tell a story. Cardboard characters, clichéd plots, obvious agendas and soapboxes don’t cut it. And this poor fellow fell into this category too. He couldn’t see the shortcomings in his storytelling.

Last I heard from him, he was grousing about a former crit partner of ours who had gotten published, calling him “lucky.” Despite being told directly what his weaknesses were by many people, he still seems to maintain his writing is fine as is. I feel sad for him.

All of this to share this tidbit: if one truly wants to succeed as a writer, the ability to accept critique and being willing to work hard to learn and improve one’s writing is vital.