WELCOME To the much neglected profile page. Who reads them anyway!
So here's the very basic: I have a Bachelor's degree in English, concentrating in creative writing. Obviously, the act of writing has become a casualty of that curriculum. Along with fiction and poetry workshop experience, I also have experience in live editing and participated in a practicum in human print publishing.
If anyone should wonder why I have no works published here, it is because I have taken them down to review and rewrite. I don't expect them to be back anytime soon.
In the meantime, I enjoy reading other writer's works, and I will be happy to read upon request. The only condition I place upon this is that the request does not contain any preemptive apologies, such as, "Would you mind reading (such and such), sorry if it sucks..." No! Maintain that your work is awesome, and if I stab it, it will bleed pure awesome (now with fewer carbs!). Even if it doesn't, I'm not going to turn into a dragon, no matter how much I seriously wish I could do that. I really enjoy when a writer is proud of their work. But - and I hate to add a "but" - please remember any suggestions I may have for another writer are as an outside reader. I will make a suggestion in the best interest of your growth - as I would hope to receive from a fellow writer. You don't have to agree, and it won't hurt my feelings if you disagree. My only hope is that we all, as writers, continue to ask ourselves how our writing can be improved - how do we keep the art a living thing rather than drowning it in some stagnant, moldering pool of our ego? Believe and be proud of your work. And be thankful to anyone who challenges your decisions. At least you can take a moment to reflect.
In workshops, I made friends whom I greatly respect. I respect them more because their correspondence with me about my work was not completely agreeable. Nor was mine with them. But they provided me an audience I wanted to please and fight at once. They kept me challenged.
I also stand firmly by the belief that the best way to become a good writer (great even) is to be literant (which is a word made up in a literature journal). What I mean is the ability to read beyond the text. That is the best skill I have learned thus far in my university experience, and it depressed me to realize how many years I lacked that ability. With this skill, it is apparent how much work and thought go into the writing of the best literature out there, down to the very word choice. Invest some time in reading articles about your favorite works of fiction. You'll learn more than you think.