Undeserved Plaudits

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Undeserved Plaudits
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Sat, 03-29-2003 - 2:55pm
Hi everyone.

I am always bemused by critques which I read in magazines etc. particularly when the critic spots something in the writing that was perceived to have "genius" quality.

It reminds me of art critics who see things in artists's pictures that others don't see, maybe not even the artist.

If I am honest with myself, I think through some ideas and then let words flow. Others may spot something which I have never thought about. When this is pointed out I then see what they are talking about but it was never consciously devised that way

Does it need to be the case that we consciously insert the "genius" stuff or is it OK to be an unconscious natural and accept the plaudits.

Mike

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Sat, 03-29-2003 - 10:56pm
Mike, I vote for accepting. To my mind, accepting is one of the keys to a joyous, contented life.

Consciously inserted genius seems suspicious somehow. Like it's not genius at all, just a willful action meant to imitate genius.

I think you will find this community is extremely generous and supportive. I've been checking in and logging onto this board only a few weeks now, but I have found that asking specific questions about your work will get you the kinds of specific critique you may be looking for. Are you worried about flow? Ask about it. How about my verbs? Does my dialogue sound realistic? Do I need more description? These are the kinds of questions I think will garner active responses. Have fun and best of luck!!!

Paula

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Sun, 03-30-2003 - 4:29am
Thanks Paula.

I have received some excellent feedback already so I know what you mean about the generosity of the people participating in this board.

I look forward to giving and receiving more.

Regards

Mike

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 03-30-2003 - 4:36am
Thanks bb.

This could become my favourite quote "I like being naturally unconscious". Has a kind of "dropout" feel to it.

Regards

Mike

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Sun, 03-30-2003 - 1:13pm
Wow! I don't think I have ever been quoted before! Thanks! :)

Paula

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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 9:35am
I think Genius comes into play in the editing process. I find it so much easier to write the basics of a story than to edit a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd draft. Sometimes I feel like the more i edit, the more stilted my prose becomes. In a brilliant editing job, you take away everything extraneous, yet the spontaneous feeling remains. (by the way, your March exercise was really good.)
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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 1:24pm
Credo,

Thanks.

I never really thought of genius in editing, but your point is well made. To refine a piece of work until only the essence of the feeling/message/argument remains is truly an inspiring thought.

Mike

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