Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Oh Boy

Here's my ROW80 check-in.  And I'm linking to my first story for 52 Stories.  Gulp.

This is my brain on putting my worst, first draft work out in public


I don't have anything else to report.  I was totally freaked out and frozen with fear about putting my work out there.  I struggled with this for several days, and it turned into a huge battle this afternoon when I though about backing out of this, but here I am.

This is the first time in over five years that I'm letting anyone read what I've written, and I've chosen to put it out there for the whole world to see.  It's the first time in longer than that since I've finished a story, even a rough draft. I think that's enough of a check-in for this week.  I'm going to go collapse now.  See you Sunday!

Please note:
Because these are first drafts and therefore not meant to be good yet, and because I am working on building my confidence, I have turned off comments on my 52 Stories page.  The stories will be in PDF format, so there won't be any place for comments there.  I am not at the point in my writing life or with these stories where critique would be welcome or useful, so that's why there are no comment spaces.

Week 1:  This Means War

6 comments:

Ryan King said...

I know you don't want critiques or comments about the story. But I will say I'm glad you posted it. Good luck with your next story :)

Kim Switzer said...

Thank you, Ryan. I am not really heavily opposed to comments. I am just trying to put the focus on "look, I'm writing things and finishing them!" Trying to keep myself from being derailed by trying to make them good right out of the gate on top of meeting the deadline. :)

The Daring Novelist said...

Congratulations! Getting it out there is as much a challenge as writing it sometimes.

Here's hoping that you are over that hurtle -- but if you find it difficult again, here's a secret: Write something that doesn't have to be good, something silly or stupid. A joke, a "fan" story. a cliche. Put a few of those out and they will innoculate you against some of the fear when you put your good work out.

Kim Switzer said...

That's why I'm just doing first drafts and not trying to edit or polish them. Just getting things out there and getting them finished. No pressure for it to be good--everyone knows first drafts aren't good, so I know I don't have to be. I just have to finish and *do it*!

Eden Mabee said...

Kim, I'm going to add my voice to Ryan's. I'm glad you posted it.

I hope you're glad with your decision to post it too. Quite a deep subject there (have to admit being a bit sad that the garden was allowed to go to pot, since... well... you know).

I'll be looking forward to your next week post.

Kim Switzer said...

Thank you, Eden. I *am* glad I signed up for the challenge and posted a story. I am so happy that I've broken my dry spell and finished something! And now I am looking forward to what I'm going to post next week, too. :-)

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