Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Fields of Paper
Let me walk through the fields of paper
touching with my wand
dry stems and stunted
~Denise Levertov, "A Walk through the Notebooks"
Don’t we all wish for this? Each time I read this quote I am filled with a longing I can’t define. Something intangible – but it is tangible, I tell myself, with enough talent, effort, patience, luck. So many “if only’s” and “maybe when’s” accompany us on this journey toward…something.
I think I’m feeling a little blue today. Maybe it’s because it’s been a while since I’ve heard anything – positive or negative – from my floating queries. Maybe it’s because I don’t have a critique group and have realized how much I could benefit from one. The wonderful manuscript critique I won from Angela at The Bookshelf Muse was a revelation to me. (THANK YOU, ANGELA!) I made some of the same mistakes I drill my composition students about over and over again. Things that would have jumped off the page at me in one of my student’s papers went unnoticed in my own work. Why is that?
I think of how much stronger my story will be now, and it’s exciting – and depressing. Today, I've decided to begin my quest for a critique partner or group. I now see how valuable they are!
Angela, you rock! ;-)
So...how do I find a partner or group of people to share this journey with? Suggestions?
(I just noticed Terresa at The Chocolate Chip Waffle has a similar post today. Hop on over and share your words of wisdom with her, too!)