Sunday, June 10, 2012

Can you judge the quality of your own work?

Sometimes I think writers know in their guts when they've written something great. Sometimes I meet writers who are too modest about how great their work is. Sometimes I look back at work I thought was good when I first started out, and I realize it ... wasn't. Sometimes I look back at a story I wrote years ago and didn't think much of back then, but now I realize it has really held up.

Do you know how good your writing is?

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  1. Sometimes, I think, if I'm in the right state of mind and not too excited or too dismayed about anything. But it's certainly hard to pin down whether or not a person's objective enough.

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    1. Objectivity might increase with time. I think!

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  2. This is a tough one for me. I tend to be rather over-critical of my own work that I really do need to have someone else read it for me to believe that it holds up.

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    1. I tend to be overcritical about some things and have blind spots in others.

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  3. Hmmm. Depends on my mood. Sometimes I think my writing is great, other times I can't keep my finger off the delete button. Outside validation helps, but you're right, sometimes it's a gut feeling--the kind that doesn't disappear overnight.

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    1. With some pieces, I've been very strongly confident--with others, I don't see their merits until a while later, or until others point them out. And some things I've thought were great when I wrote them made me groan later.

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  4. I often discover later if my work holds up or not, as you say. My short story collection that I put out last winter is filled with stories that have held up. I love that little book. :) In my gut, I usually know if something is worth holding onto - if it is good or not, but sometimes it just feels like guessing.

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