Sanderson’s Class

Written By: Jess - Jan• 17•16

So I got into Sanderson’s class/workshop this year. YAY! The fifteen of us have been divided in to three separate critique groups. I’ve been to two classes so far and it’s been great. Although, I got a nice reminder to check my ego at the door.

I think I’m pretty good about not being too defensive with my normal writing groups/friends (please correct me if I’m wrong. I don’t want to be that person). But something about being around other writers for the first time sets my nerves off and I can get a little defensive. I’ve tried to figure out what went awry and why I got that way last week. Part of it was my own fault. I failed to remember to keep my mouth shut and listen. Another part of it though, and I might be mistaken, was we as a group hadn’t set up clear rules when it came to critiquing (unsaid or hard and fast ones). I could go on and on about why I thought it wasn’t as stellar of an experience as I wanted, but I’m making myself focus on keeping the blame on myself and not other people. The best I can do is to give feedback without attacking the other person and accept feedback without defending what I’ve done.

Basically, I need to stick to one thing. Keep my mouth shut and listen. In the end, I can apply what I agree with and ignore the rest. It’s that simple, but also surprisingly hard.

We’ll see how next week goes.

Current Word Count for my WIP: 9,026

A New Writing Book for the Fave Shelf: Writing Monsters by Philip Athans.


If your a writer and your looking for a good how-to monster book, this is it. I’m half-way through it and already consider it one of the better writing books I’ve come across.



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  1. Beau says:

    You’re definitely not ‘that’ person! You’re a great critique group member! 🙂

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