Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Frustration 1 - Sean 0

I don't know how well I handle constructive critisism. I had my story evaluated today and I did ok minus the fact that my lead (opening sentence) would put an insomniac to sleep (according to my teacher. I was on cloud nine after that one...

The problem with the Pioneer is that they have too many editors who all have their own opinion. What's a reporter to do? Who is he to listen to? I live in an ungodly environment. Jesus is a joke to them. It hurts me every time he is ridiculed. I don't stand up enough for what I believe in. I feel ashamed and weak today.

I'm also questiong myself as a writer. Journalists are supposed to write objectively about a situation which by the way I think is impossible. No human can be objective. We are subjective people. I think my problem is that I become too involved with my story and become biased, which is frowned upon. I let people's words affect me too much. I need to learn how to build a shield but truth be told, I don't want one. I like being vulnerable. It lets people know I care.


  1. It is possible to write professionally and still be vulnerable. It's just hard.

    Keep sluggin' Sean, your blog is evidence you're getting better at it. Keep it up.

  2. Anonymous8:06 p.m.

    Hey slappy

    If theres one thing I've learned from school this year its that criticism although painful and criticizing at first can only benefit you in the future. Dont worry about your writing but let the writing worry about you (Mystery Men line...) in other words dont worry bro.

    Fat Ryan Slim

  3. Anonymous1:14 p.m.

    Use the critisism to make your story better. Your stories are already great, don't doubt yourself now.
    As for Jesus, not everyone can be on the same page as you religiously, you just have to know what you believe in and make sure it stays important to YOU. If someone ridicules your beliefs, it's either because they are ignorant to how you feel, or they don't understand your beliefs in the first place.
    In any case, you need not worry about what others think when it comes to how you live your life, Sean. Just live, write, and understand that there is always room for improvement. Someday it will all pay off. You're a great writer.