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Question for you writers: Do you actually like what you've written after you've called it complete and posted it somewhere? I have this problem: I write something, think, this is good! post it, or publish it, or share it, go back and read it and think, yikes! this sucks. Inevitably. No matter how much I liked it before I let it go public, or how many times I proofread it, I am invariably displeased with it after someone else has read it, and am embarrassed to have published it. I *hate* that.

Shut up, stupid brain, and let me continue to like it!

In other news, I ordered my new printer. Should be shipped today, which means I *could* have it by the end of the week.

Oh, and Ravey, I found out why my thumbnail won't upload: somehow I only got a 1 kb file. Where's that page again, please?

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queststar
Mar. 13th, 2002 02:08 pm (UTC)
I was going to say: I'm reading it a lot of times, but since you also do that, it's no use :) Mostly, before I post it, I wait a month or two and read it over again after that period. Then I change what I don't like and that usually satisfies me :)
ciri
Mar. 13th, 2002 03:48 pm (UTC)
Usually I end up hating it when I've done something since then; I think the newer thing is better. I usually don't think my writings are -bad-, but when I look at older pieces I just see how far I've come with them.

Of course, I do hate most all my artwork after posting it ;)
ex_jessibean471
Mar. 13th, 2002 04:09 pm (UTC)
hehe well, i usually write something, like it, put it up on say, Lilywater, THEN read it and go "what the heck?" bah. But they always say you're your own worst critic, so I guess the best you can do is leave it up there and see what others think first ^_
ex_jessibean471
Mar. 13th, 2002 04:09 pm (UTC)
AGH I LOST AN EYE O_O

^_^

There.
tarlia
Mar. 13th, 2002 06:42 pm (UTC)
Hell, yeah.
I think there's a huge difference between what you think of your story and what you think your readers think of it. It gets to a lot of us! ;)

Personally, I think it's worse when you -know- people read it, but they don't leave a comment or say anything about it, which leaves you free to speculate about how bad it was.
stuffy
Mar. 13th, 2002 09:59 pm (UTC)
Usually I like what I've written, though sometimes when you read it after a period of time, you'll be realising what doesn't work and whatnot. Which is why I always do tons of experimental writings in my notebook because actually going down to type it, because typing it is going to force me to proofread it (and sometimes stop midway because, gakkk, that was horrible).

(Stealing idea from Jevan) However most important when writing is asking more of the question "How could I make this interesting for me to write?" than of "What makes a great read?" You have to satisfy yourself first when you're writing (unless, of course, you are ghostwriting).

Above method doesn't apply to fanfiction. XD
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