I recently began participating in my first writer’s workshop. With little-to-no idea what to expect, I submitted my potentially crappy writing to someone who could tell me how exceptionally crappy it really is. To say I was nervous is a bit of an understatement.
In spite of the nerves, I knew I was ready. I’m at a time in my life when I don’t want to hear nice things unless they’re true. Some brutally constructive criticism is exactly what I was looking for–and that’s what I’ve found.
Workshopping has been inspiring and challenging in the best sense. It pushes me to revise, imagine, and look at things from a new angle. It hasn’t been discouraging or demoralizing as I feared it would be. As luck would have it, no one understands writer’s insecurity like other writers. Every critique is thorough, thoughtful, and encouraging.
It has also been a great opportunity to read the work of other writers! There are so many brilliant writers in the world. I hope in rubbing shoulders with them, some of their genius will rub off on me!
I know I’m very fortunate to have a such a great first workshopping experience. It is pushing me to navigate my weaknesses and embrace my strengths as a writer.
Do you all workshop? What has your experience been like?