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Have I mentioned that Gaiman's Da Man?
Found this on this page, nestled between a bunch of other Ten Rules Postings by various authors. Some great advice in this article.
You know, I've discovered that the more often I write, even if it's just an piece of character-exploring fan fiction or some rambling something-or-other that I never show anyone, the more confident I become in my ability as a writer in general. Oh, I'm no literary genius, and some of my technique still leaves a lot to be desired, and writing longer, multi-part pieces still kicks my ass (though I do intend to keep working on them), but in writing more often, I'm seeing it slowly start to evolve. That, and, finishing a fairly decent number of short pieces in a rather short frame of time-- well, it's given me a sense of accomplishment. My short stories before would be so few and far between. I mean, yeah, my writing these days seems limited to fan fiction in one fandom (talk about tunnel vision), but it's working for me, and it's giving me a chance to sharpen my technique a bit before I go to try to refine my work on The Glass Veil (The current version of Episode One still leaves a lot to be desired, though I've not quite figured out what it needs) and any other of my original projects I've been working with (also thinking Serendipity, which is more sci fi).
In that vein, I'm going to open the stories I've posted here up for constructive criticism. (Note I said CONSTRUCTIVE. That doesn't mean some anonymous wanderer should drop by and say "Your stories suck and so do you" or something. I'm trying to improve my craft, not shoot myself in the foot) I don't want anyone to feel obligated in any way to do this, but if you feel like it, if you think you might have something good to contribute, if you just feel like flexing your own writerly muscles, you all are more than welcome to do so. So, tell me-- what works? What doesn't? What would you like to see a greater focus on? What do I focus on now that might make the writing too tedious or confusing? Anything you can think of. (I've tagged all my stories with "fiction" on here, so they should be easy to find)