Has been forgotten.
I have a new critique partner,
which is awesomely wonderful. He is very honest, giving me the good, the
bad, and the ugly about my work. Exactly what I asked for and needed.
With his input I'm sure I'll be able to get my writing to that level
needed to be worth publishing.
However, I've realized
everything I learned in English classes in high school and college has
left my "building". I've had to look up Protagonist and Antagonist again
to get a more detailed idea of where I'm missing the mark. Being a
techie, my writing revolves around user interfaces, system consoles, ROI
and cost-benefit analyses, not fictional writing.
find myself wondering why I "think" I'm a writer. But then something
funny, odd, somewhat hysterical happens: characters invade my space with
story lines, new problems and genres I rarely read let alone have the
vocabulary necessary to write a story that will pull the reader in.
example, Hallmark Channel was having a Christmas in July movie-thon and
I was listening (and swearing profusely at an uncooperative server),
when an entirely new character sauntered into my brain, plopped herself
in a comfy chair and snarkily fed me a story line. A romance story line
no less. I believe she actually belongs to Simone Anderson, but for
whatever reason this character has decided I'll be the one to write her
That's when I remember why I think I'm a writer,
because I have to write. Sure, I don't know all the rules or remember
all the terminology, but it's the only way to shut up all of the people
in my head.