The older I get, the more I see how subjective
everything is so many things are in life. Even when you can “document” the facts, people make up their own version science comes out with evidence that what you are looking at is effected by the fact you are looking at it …and cue my head exploding now.
So it shouldn’t surprise me
and yet I’m surprised that reactions to my own creative writing are varied and that the three pieces I submitted to a 10 minute play festival got scored in an order I never would have anticipated. What I would have placed as weakest, in fact placed first.
Am I so off on my understanding of plays, or my own writing? Am I too hard on myself or my drama? Is my style of comedy not that funny to others
…and cue my writerly identity crisis?
And don’t misunderstand me. I am thrilled to be included in the festival and thrilled to see my words take life on stage.
I’m just confused about what words are going up there.
It’s a pleasant
albeit a head-scratching surprise, like finding out your trouble-making kid is actually an awesome, responsible Eagle Scout and failed to inform you an unlikely surprise in my household.
Of course, the reverse has always been true: writing I thought was great/fascinating/smart
/insert whatever you want in writing!, people say, “um, NO.”
Writers out there, I’d love to know if you have been surprised by positive reaction to work you didn’t think was that fabulous, work you weren’t sure about at all. Maybe this is some kind of learning moment for me??
If only I knew the lesson!