One of the strengths of my writing instructor is his feedback. If he likes what you wrote, he’ll tell you why. He told us that the biggest disservice we can do to each other is saying “I liked your story.” or “I didn’t enjoy your story.” We need to explain why we enjoyed it. For example, your description of the scene was vivid – the dim, foggy morning when your breath hung in the air. Or “I got confused with your character – I didn’t even get a sense of his age, gender and even appearance.”
Our assignment had a word limit. Of course, everyone felt that limit wasn’t enough. When I got my first assignment back, I saw how he was able to edit some of my writing. I still need to tighten up my writing. For example I wrote “My grandmother was a tiny woman.” He crossed out woman. I slapped my head when I saw that. It was so obvious. Some errors are just grammar “The food sizzled and hiss as it danced in the wok.” Hiss should be hissed.
My last class is next week. There’s a follow on course that’s even more intensive. He told us that students typically come with a short story (about 10 to 15 pages). We’ll take each other’s work home and provide feedback. *GULP* I am already nervous when I read my story out loud in class. I’m also blessed with an abundance of doubt about my own writing.
Anyways, I have to think this through. I want to save some money for a new camera (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) and for travel.