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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

THE END...
A few tidbits. I've completed my MFA! Yayyy. What this means? Two straight years of no nonsense, hard core writing chucked under my belt. Endless nights of caffeinated hangovers. My sons threatening to leave home if I don't play CLUE with them in the next couple weeks (JK on that one). And absolutely Zero TV time (well, I did sneak in a bit of HGTV and DIY). How did this help me? The crit partners I found through the #YALitChat website will benefit from my workshop riddled eyeballs. I've spent the last two years being critiqued and critiquing the work of others. I've grown skin like an alligator. There's much to be learned in this process. No, it doesn't always feel so great to receive the criticism (makes you darn mad at times)but in the end, your agent and readers will adore the polished product. No one has to know how many times you screamed into the pillow. Or how many stress toys you pummeled with a hammer. We're all in this literary boat together.

It doesn't matter whether you chose the formal path of the MFA or life's path of true experience. The moral to the story? Criticism is NOT a four letter word. Just look at it as the good cholesterol of writing. It's vital for ALL brave souls who've chosen to trudge the fickle writing seas. THE END in the world of literature is only the beginning. Be realistic. Be prepared. And get ready. Then go play CLUE with your family to celebrate.

Yours in Prose
Kay
10:56 am edt 


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