It’s easier to break a promise to yourself than it is to other people, including the others in your class and a workshop facilitator.
It’s easier to break a promise to yourself than it is to other people, including the others in your class and a workshop facilitator.Because writing is something we do alone, in our own time, it can be difficult to commit ourselves to it unless we are answerable to someone else.Respect You should be in an environment that respects whatever you’re working on – whether that’s an aspiring Literary Masterpiece or Fun Beach Read or anything in between!
This might come in the form of doing writing exercises in class – particularly at a beginners’ level, where part of the challenge is to respond immediately to a prompt rather than to muse on it, and overcome perfectionism – or by being prompted by discussions in-class to go home and write.
Hearing that someone liked what you wrote isn’t always helpful (though this is often what family members and friends will say) – you need to know why they liked it. Moderated Feedback One of the big differences between a writers’ group and a workshop is that a workshop will have a facilitator to moderate and guide the feedback that’s being given.
It can be very easy for a particular group to fall back on the same comments, or to praise someone because they’re a friend rather than because of their work, or to let writers over-explain their work instead of letting it stand alone.
You need a place that’s going to respect what you’re doing and what you want to write.
Feedback One of the big, big reasons people often take a writing class is to get feedback on their work.