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Do you challenge yourself as a writer? If so, what have you learned from your experiences?


I tried writing a piece from the opposite sex's point-of-view. I was warned ahead of time that I should not do so-stick to what I know. The feedback was mixed. The HP# dropped. Still, I found the exercise to be interesting and challenging. What I mainly learned from the experience was that it is difficult to write from the opposite sex's point-of-view, but it was also lots of fun. And that I am proud that I was willing to at least give it a try.

 

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Sally Gulbrandsen (sallybea) says

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    ocfireflies 3 years ago

    Let me clarify the "mixed" comment. As soon as I received the first comment, my HP# dropped after staying the same forever--which is what made me think-"mixed." Thanx for understanding my goal was to challenge myself. May we all cont. to explore.


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Bill Holland (billybuc) says

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    ocfireflies 3 years ago

    Bill,

    "I crack the whip and then rush around to receive the blow." CLASSIC!

    How I can relate. I do not know that I am as confident about my potential; however, I will keep trying and do hope to see my work improve. I'll keep practicing! Thank U!

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    ocfireflies 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I consider most of my work to be really awful. There are only few pieces I really feel that great about. And there are lots I have written and kept to myself which I agree helps to free one up. Thanx

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    ocfireflies 3 years ago

    Thank you for all your kind words and encouragement. Coming from one I admire so much makes your support even more appreciated. I only know how to be me. I enjoy the challenge of trying new forms. Plus, writing for me is therapy. Blessings to you

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    ocfireflies 3 years ago

    I enjoy listening to Billie Collins. To be such a celebrated & contemporary poet, his take on the process is very down to earth. He strikes me as the sort of poet who would encourage experimentation. It's hard, but to try is worth one's time.

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    ocfireflies 3 years ago

    Jackie,

    You have accomplished more in four years than I have in forever. What is the name of your eBook and poetry book? I would love to feel that "You did it!" feeling. And your secret is safe with me. Smiles. Thanks for responding. Love, Kim

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    ocfireflies 3 years ago

    I applaud your enthusiasm and self-confidence. I know I will keep trying to improve, but I am not as confident about how much I should expect to achieve.

    Thanks for responding.

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    ocfireflies 3 years ago

    Authorkat,

    Thanks for responding. You are an inspiration. I think it is important to grow as a person and a writer. I like that you encourage us to develop and in a positive light.