I just got back from my Fiction Workshop class and admit that it’s really not as bad as I’d thought it would be. Compared to the Fiction Techniques class during the previous term, it’s relatively more relaxed as there aren’t as many deadlines to worry about, but the ones that are part of the curriculum still worry me a little. To be specific, everyone in the class is expected to write and submit two short stories, of about fifteen to twenty pages each in length, over the course of the term, and present them for proof-reading and critiquing by the rest of the class. While that’s not as bad in of itself, there’s the caveat at the end that the two stories must be of print-level quality (meaning you can submit this to a publishing editor and have a good chance of it actually getting published).
The thing is, how do you decide whether or not your work is ready for such a think? It’s a little too subjective, if you ask me.
Anyway, the deadline for the first short story is two weeks away, so I’m going to have to write two pages a day at least, then have some of my net acquaintances proof-read, then cobble together a rewrite (if needed) before submitting two copies (written under a pseudonym) for the class to critique. It’s not going to be easy, but if I don’t procrastinate maybe, just maybe, I can actually make something in time that isn’t garbage.
This does mean though that I won’t be able to join in as many future SCCSAV viewings as I’d like (as I mentioned in my previous post, viewing Gundam 00′s movie was quite the experience with all the bloggers I watched it with), but what can one do? Sacrifices have to be made so I could maintain my grade average.