Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A writing breakthrough.

What I wore: Shoes, Macy's. Skirt & Shirt, Forever 21. Belt, A&F. Headband, DIY. 

For my first monthly assignment in my creative writing MFA program, 
my mentor read the entirety of my first novel manuscript.
I was a little nervous sending it off to her, but I did it without much thought.
And for 30 days, I forgot about it. My words were in her hands and they weren't on my mind.
But last week, as I approached the date when I knew I would receive her feedback,
 I began to get anxious. I like to think that I've got tough skin, but in truth, I'm pretty sensitive. 
Her letter appeared in my email inbox just before I went to bed one night.
I hesitated before opening it. It was terrifying moment. If her words were too harsh,
I knew that some part of me was going to take it personally, no matter how hard I tried to see it as purely professional. If she was too soft, I knew I wouldn't get from this semester the things I needed to achieve: the ability to be critical of my own work in order to make it better. 
I considered waiting until morning to open her email, 
but of course there was no way that was happening. 
I clicked the button and I held my breath as I read through several pages.
It was perfect.
She reflected back to me what my writing was saying to her, 
and she posed questions about my intentions for the story. 
I was elated to see that my words were speaking the message I wanted,
and excited that she was beginning to shine a light on the shadowy areas of my writing,
the portions where I knew improvement was needed but where I was unsure how to start.
This is the part I've been most craving and most hoping for out of an MFA program.
I've just barely begun, and already I can feel myself in the middle of a breakthrough. 


  1. That is so wonderful, I am beyond happy for you!

    Happy day!

  2. That is excellent. I am in a writing rut, so to speak, right now, but you are inspiring me to get back to my writing!

  3. That's so awesome, I know how much it means when someone really understands what you were intending to get across in your writing! Yay!

    Katherine :)

  4. Oh, I love this! So glad the words were what you needed AND wanted :)

    Can't wait to see your name on the NY Times bestsellers list in the future.

    It will happen.

  5. that is awesome! so happy for you!

    and lovely outfit too!

  6. Glad you got some awesome feedback!

    Cute outfit too :)

  7. Congratulations! That's always a great feeling.

  8. yoshi and dobby can now take a big sigh of relief... and i can scream congratulations!!!!

  9. As tough as criticism may be, there's nothing like receiving truly constructive criticism that helps you see your writing in a different way. And on another note, you pull off the headband look like nobody's business! Super cute!

  10. fantastic! I find the power (and fear of) feedback amazing. I HATE having people look over my work. truly hate it. something that I clearly need to get over

  11. Yay! I just got my feedback last night (but only on a short story), and I felt the same way. Very, very insightful.

  12. That's a great feeling - when you feel like you're being successful in your growth! :) Love your outfit, too!

  13. Wow that is amazing. It is so good that your program is working out so well for you. Congrats!
    xo Emilie @ Hungry Delights

  14. I'm sure you say this at some point in your blog, but I'm new. If you've already answered this a million and one times, I apologize, but what creative writing program are you going through. I'd love a recommendation for a reference point =]

  15. congrats xxx
    love this outfit btw too
    really liking your blog,I followed you
    check out my new blog post


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