Taking criticism is hard, and in this context I don’t mean separating criticism from personal attacks, I just mean it’s difficult to get. To grasp. To comprehend. To understand. To make use of. In particular, I’m referring to the critique of my short story, The Creature in the Quarry, which took place a little over a month ago. It’s taken me a month for the criticism to actually begin to sink in. I’m sure I was probably in shock for a good couple weeks.

It’s finally started to sink in. Something about giving and receiving critiques has opened my mind to other styles and methods of writing. I finally understand how raw the draft I presented for critique really was, and how it fails utterly to convey all kinds of vital character and sensory information. I mean, it isn’t useless — it has potential, it’s just very raw in its current form. I’ve got a pretty good idea, now, of what sorts of things I want to do with it.

I drew an interesting connection between my writing and my storytelling style in D&D. I think it’s really important to describe the details of the setting: what the monsters look like, what the terrain’s like, and how things play out during an encounter. I need to figure out how I can translate all of that into writing. There’s a certain mix of action and information I need to tinker with to achieve the desired effect in my writing. It’ll take practice, experimentation, practice, work, and practice. I’m sure I’ll get it eventually. :)