I attended a writer`s workshop and just about died. I was so bloody nervous,and slightly intimidated. I was the most inexperienced person in that room when it came to writing.
There was four of us that submitted chapters and three published authors. And a chicken. But never mind that.
All in all, it went well. I got critique that was probably expected for a first draft.
I was given a chance to critique too (which I hoped was understood, I was nervous and therefore thought I babbled). It will be interesting to see where all these tales go;they were all very good. They were all YA, and the funny thing was, I was lumped into that category, in spite of the fact Martin is the oldest character of the lot! Twenty seven years is WAY too old for a YA protagonist!
The only thing that derailed me is that one author thought my name for my main character was too heroic. Like I was trying too hard. On the flip side, this same author said my prose was very solid, and it was a good body of writing. In fact, he was impressed by all four of us.
That said, apart from his name, Martin stood up to the critique. He performed under pressure and came out alright in the end. That`s my boy.
But I`m keeping the name.
Some of us discussed this later and one thing we agreed if we changed a name, it could very well change our perception of the character.Even one of the other writers said that with Martin being half-elfin, he`s not going to have a normal name anyways.
On the home front, Rueben is continuing to give us joy, white hairs and love and laughs. He`s five months old and sixteen pounds.