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I remember when I first decided I wanted to be a writer. I was eleven years old, and I thought Anne McCaffrey was the best thing I'd ever read or WOULD ever read; and I thought to myself, I want to make someone feel the way I feel now. I loved dragons, but more than dragons I wanted to write about music, and flight, and overcoming odds.

Sadly (sadly?), that last part hasn't changed.

But when I was eleven, twelve, thirteen, all I knew about writing was that you had to spell things right, and that complete sentences weren't as important as elementary school teachers wanted you to think. When I was fifteen, I was a Good Writer, No Really.

Then at sixteen, I started sporking Mary Sues, and reading books about writing, and articles about writing.

It was good for me, in the long run: I needed to improve, and my ego was so swelled at that point that I couldn't. So I don't wish that I'd never read those essays, and I don't wish that I'd never looked critically at my writing. On the whole, I'm the better for it.

But there are some times when I look over my really, really old work, and I see my younger self doing good things--subconsciously, utterly unaware that they are good. Things that I can't do now without some sort of planning.

I feel like Lyra at the end of The Amber Spyglass. I hate having to relearn things I used to just know.

Memo

Sep. 10th, 2008 02:36 pm
ihrketayhl: (wtf?!)
To me of six years ago:

Making B refer to himself as "mortal" and "imperfect" does not in fact make it seem like he's blinded by A's (the other character in the scene) "perfection" or whatever the fuck you were going for. It just makes you, and B, look like hugely pretentious dorks, actual pretentious dorkitude notwithstanding. Also it sounds retarded.

Exasperated love,
You, six years later

P.S. Is there a REASON A's eyes are rose crimson ruby scarlet blood-colored red, or did you just want to use all those synonyms? IT IS WORSE THAN YOUR ABUSE OF "TAWNY," SELF. WORSE.

Memo

Sep. 10th, 2008 02:36 pm
ihrketayhl: (wtf?!)
To me of six years ago:

Making B refer to himself as "mortal" and "imperfect" does not in fact make it seem like he's blinded by A's (the other character in the scene) "perfection" or whatever the fuck you were going for. It just makes you, and B, look like hugely pretentious dorks, actual pretentious dorkitude notwithstanding. Also it sounds retarded.

Exasperated love,
You, six years later

P.S. Is there a REASON A's eyes are rose crimson ruby scarlet blood-colored red, or did you just want to use all those synonyms? IT IS WORSE THAN YOUR ABUSE OF "TAWNY," SELF. WORSE.

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