Leave your 300-word poem, short story, or novel excerpt for comment, and then comment at least one other piece.
I also want to try something a little new this week. I’ve noticed quite a few of you are asking for constructive feedback. I’ve made a point to only praise the things I love about your work, because I understand (do I!) how difficult it can be to hear feedback, no matter how well intentioned.
That said, it’s a fact that none of us can get better without it (and I include myself in that “us” because one of the things I love most about writing is that I’m always learning and have a never-ending supply of opportunities to be BETTER). So, I’m going to leave it to you. If you include a request for constructive feedback, I will try to point out one thing I think can improve your piece (sometimes I can’t find anything!). But only if you promise to remember that A) feedback makes us BETTER, and B) I ❤ you guys, LOVE your work, and any feedback would be offered only in the spirit of writerly camaraderie. No hard feelings allowed or we’ll have to go back to positive comments only. Fair enough?
And, yanno, if you just don’t have the heart for that kind of feedback (and believe me, we ALL have days, weeks, and months like that!), no problem! In that case, post your excerpt as before with no request for feedback. I’ll still give you my positive comments but will steer clear of anything constructive for that post, no questions asked.
Listen, sometimes, we’re all a little fragile. If you’re going through a creatively fragile moment, I totally get you!
Lastly, I wanted to tell you guys that next week, I’m going to have a very special guest commentator on Open Mic. I’m not telling who (yet!), but her book debuted to much acclaim last year and she’s an amazing writer with incredible wit. I’m really looking forward to having her join us for next week’s Open Mic.
ETA; It’s going to take me a bit longer to comment in more depth, so please be patient! I may get to a few each day, but don’t worry if yours isn’t one of them. I PROMISE I’ll get to them all!