Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Reality vs. residency

I'm taking a break from my "lessons" series to wonder aloud (or in type, I guess) whether I'm the only one who feels slightly paralyzed after residency. I learn so much each time I go, and I'm so excited to get to my work, but then reality sets in. First drafts are hard! And messy! I think during my week o' learning, I expect some lesson to come and cure the first draft craziness. It also is frustrating to know that you know more than you're able to get down on the page during a first draft that has to go to your mentor (especially when you are slightly enamored with your new mentor and you don't want to make an ass out of yourself in front of him). I guess the moral of this post is that no matter how many epiphanies I have, the process doesn't get easier. Sigh.... Best Blogger Tips


TI said...

I know what you mean, Bug. I started off thinking about the craft essay, and I have some ideas for revising existing work (which iswhat my mentor wants to see first), but as for new pieces: I'm a bit stalled at the gate. It'll pass. Just keep reminding yourself that everyone, even your mentor, knows about shitty first drafts. And I can vouch for his receptivity to them, having sent him several myself.

TI said...

Not that I don't understand that thing of wanting to impress!

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