I haven't really written much in the last couple of years, but I've been in one of those 'wake up at 3am, find paper, scribble down ideas' states, so last night I gave in. Okay, only two paragraphs, but that's more than I expected to be able to manage for now.
Does anyone know of any online criticism type groups that are of a reasonably high standard, and not mostly genre? I'm really struggling to find any. It seems to be pretty much the same with writing forums. That probably sounds elitist, doesn't it? But I really can't deal with most of it, and those kind of writers are probably the last people I'd want commenting on anything of mine. There's an actual group in York I think, but it only meets once a month, so not really worth it.
I'm going through the opening I wrote last night, and realised that my writing probably hasn't improved at all since I was 16/17. I think I probably could write reasonably well, but I'm going to need actual criticism to get there.
I don't really know if I could actually manage to write a novel anyhow. The only pieces I've ever managed more than a few pages of have been fanfiction, I guess because writing cliched / angsty garbage is kind of the point. My main problem is that I have absolutely no intention of writing plot (yes, I know, everything has a plot), but I'm not at all philosophical enough to get away with that. I'm kind of already wondering why I'm bothering. I'd say, generally speaking, I enjoy writing fanfiction and find writing-writing to be absolute torture. If the writing-writing was strong then that probably wouldn't concern me too much, but if I'm just writing for myself, should I not just write purely for pleasure? There's something that makes me feel I -have- to do it though. I don't even know what I'm saying anymore. Sorry. Even if I don't write well, I probably just about write better than this post would suggest >.<
Anyhow, what are you guys writing? How are you doing? Who do you get criticism from? Talk about writing.