Writing Can Be Murder

November 9, 2006

Can YOU do it all? I can’t.

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 9:08 am

The other night we watched “The Village” (there goes 3 hours of my life I’ll never get back). I should have known when the opening credits rolled that I wasn’t going to like the film. When it said, Written, Directed and Produced by M. Night. Shyalaman I should have siezed control of the remote.


 Because I NEVER like movies that are written and directed by the same person (let alone produced by too!).

There are no checks and balances. No one to say “this drags” no one to point out “that makes no sense”.

It would be like reading a book where a writer never had the opportunity to get the feedback of a critique partner or an editor. A book that is created in a vaccuum like that probably has all sorts of faults, at least mine do.

 What about YOU? Can you do it all? Or do you rely on others to point out problems in order to improve your work?



  1. I’ll be the first to admit I can’t do it all. I need crit partners because no matter how pleased I might be with my own story, I can’t help wondering if its really good, or its just my imagination. I also can’t spot typos in my own work for beans.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — November 11, 2006 @ 9:47 am

  2. I couldn’t do it without you or Beth! Not just for the writing but the ideas swirling in my head! Most frequently asked question: Does this make sense?

    Comment by Cyndi — November 12, 2006 @ 3:16 pm

  3. I know what you mean about typos Jennifer. We know what it SHOULD say and our minds convince us that the page says exactly that!

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — November 13, 2006 @ 10:32 am

  4. LOL Cyndi — yes, that is one of your most faqs. And YES it makes sense!

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — November 13, 2006 @ 10:33 am

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