Monthly Archives: June 2014

Self-confidence

Most writers, including me, have self-confidence issues, or perhaps it is artists in general. I believe it has a lot do with putting ones work out for public criticism and human nature to take that criticism to a very personal level. If someone says our work is stupid, we take that to mean we are stupid. This thought pattern mean it is difficult to put ourselves and our work out there. As maturity comes a small willingness to show someone else that work, but their criticism can be the difference between hiding any sign of being a writer or letting the world see it.

As self-confidence builds it comes easier to seek out criticism and use it to our advantage. Having a trustable person read and provide feedback is necessary to putting out the best work. This person has to give you feedback that is useful without destroying any self-confidence you have built up. And if you are a person who has been trusted to give criticism, do not just tell them their work is stupid. Tell them their character is shallow and unsympathetic, which makes it hard to believe the character solves the problem set out in the story. It help build up the person’s self-confidence, which will help them be willing to share more of their work.

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Rose and Other Stories

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The nurse at the front desk looked up as the woman was brought in by a long leather jacket and blue jeans. His brown hair was done in a military haircut and his blue eyes looked tired. The woman was wearing an overcoat, her brown hair hung in her face and her arms crossed over her chest.

“Can I help you?” the nurse asked looking at the woman. The woman’s eyes peered out from under the hair.

“I’m looking for Dr. Fenton,” the man said, “I talked to him on the phone yesterday.”

“Have seat and I will call him for you,” the nurse said.

“Thank you,” the man said. He turned and directed the woman to the nearby couch. There weren’t many people in the waiting area, so there was lots of space to sit down. The nurse watched them sit down before turning away to pick up the phone. She had dialed the first two digits of the extension when there was a ruckus at the door. She looked up to see two police officers fighting to bring an escaped patient back into the building. The nurse put the phone down and ran to get some orderlies to help out the police officers.

The waiting room got busy for several minutes as the orderlies arrived and the patient was sedated. The patient was dragged away and the police left. The waiting area was quiet once again and the nurse sat down at her station. She picked up the phone and dialed Dr. Fenton’s extension. She informed him that a man and woman were waiting for him and that the man had phoned him the day before. Dr. Fenton said he wold be right down.

The nurse glanced over at the couch. The woman was curled up in a ball aginst the arm of the couch, but the man was no longer sitting beside her. The nurse looked around the waiting area, but the man was nowhere in sight. The nurse stood up, went around the desk, and approached the woman.

“Where did he go?” the nurse asked. The woman shrugged.

“He said that he would be back,” the woman’s voice was muffled, “and I should wait for him.”

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Happily Ever After

I like happily ever after endings, most of the time. I enjoy the feeling they give me about the characters and their semi lasting happiness. It probably comes from my love of fairy tales, where the main character usually gets their happily ever after and the villain(s) get their comeuppance. That isn’t to say I don’t like book without happily ever afters, but the stories have to be well written and not end like that for purposes of depressing the audience. As far as I’m concerned if I want to be depressed I can read the news.

Which is why we read stories, watch movie, and go for the happily ever after in our entertainment. Or at least that is my theory. We want to see people have a happy ending to their story because the rest of the world doesn’t like to show us those. Also we want those type of endings for ourselves. We want to marry our soul mate, or get that perfect job, retire rich in our thirties, or whatever else our dreams are made of. We want the happily ever after. Or if you anything like me, if you can’t have your happily ever after at least hope that the ending is well written and worthy of the story.