Thursday, January 22, 2015

Be Hungry for Criticism

I took a creative writing course last semester and my prof said something that really struck me.

"You need to develop your appetite for criticism, in order to become a better writer."

Criticism is useful for two purposes: improving our writing and gaining confidence in our writing. 

Improvement is the main reason for seeking out critique. We want someone to tell us what we could do better. We need an outside perspective to tell us where the piece could use some work, or where we're being too self-indulgent with the story. 

The less overt reason is that we're looking for affirmation. We're looking for someone to tell us that we're not completely terrible and have potential. When we ask for critique, we don't always realize that we're asking for this too. So when we don't get any positive affirmation, a spoon full of sugar, if you will, with the criticism, we feel discouraged and end up avoiding future criticism like the plague.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Reading as a Reviewer vs. Reading as a Reader

My experience with the act of reading changes often, depending on what book I'm reading and why I'm reading it. Since I'm linking up with Samantha from Bookish Serendipity for her Read. Blog. Discuss linkup, I want to talk about reading as a reader vs. reading as a blogger. Book reviews are a huge part of the blog-o-sphere, so I thought that Samantha was quite brilliant for suggesting that we bloggers discuss the differences between reading for ourselves and reading for a review. Here are my thoughts.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

January Book Haul!

 Over Christmas break, I acquired some books. Surprisingly, I didn't get any books as Christmas gifts, but that's okay because I made up for it, haha. If you've been following SOI for awhile, you'll know about my love of buying used books. I like to own books, but I'm a poor university student, so I fell in love with buying cheap books! I wrote a post about how to be a good bargain book-shopper, if you also identify as a poor *fill-in-the-blank* and want to fill your shelves (who doesn't?).

All that being said, it hardly comes as a surprise that I spent some of my Christmas time off buying books. Here's where I went and what I got:

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Keeping Track of Your Ideas in 2015

Happy New Year! 
I took a small break for the festivities, but now I'm back! I was going to do a recap of 2014, then I looked at my Bloglovin' feed and realized that just about everybody was writing that post. So you'll get my year recap when I write SOI's anniversary post in February! By then, the reflect/look forward posts will have died down (I hope!).

That being said, this post was inspired by a resolution goal that I have for 2015. I want to do a better job of keeping track of my writing ideas. Whether it be blog post ideas, fiction ideas or even essay ideas, I want to keep track of them. Way too often I come up with a good idea, and if I bother to write it down at all, the slip of paper gets lost. I feel like I've lost quite a few good ideas lately.
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