06 April 2006

By-product

I've been reading the other entries to Nickerblog's Mystery Hotel Meme, and I'm struck by how self-conscious so many of the bloggers are about their pieces, myself included. If a post is acknowledged fiction, it becomes open to criticism of one's creativity.

For the most part, it seems the critic lives within. I wrote and posted mine before reading the others, so my fear was that it would suck in comparison to what was out there. Several people made comments like that, or tried to lower expectations before their story, or seemed somewhat apologetic for their attempts.

As bloggers, we write and post often, but mostly it falls into the realm of creative non-fiction. It's easier to defend writing when all you have to say is that's how it happened. I think the immediacy of feedback coupled with writing outside my sort of established genre makes me self-conscious about posting fiction. However, I really enjoyed the exercise, so maybe you'll be seeing more.

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4 comments :

  1. This gives me an idea for a new blogger carnival. Let me know via e-mail if you are interested in learning more.

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  2. inner critics are such bitches. :)

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  3. I want to write about the mystery hotel, but I have to discipline myself to finish my radio assignment first. Then, I can try my hand at that. At some point this weekend, I'll read your story!

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  4. Sizz: they really are. gggrrr! If we all rise up, I think we can take 'em. :]

    Merujo: I look forward to it! (if I can get this damn WV right... 3rd time's a charm!)

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