… You seriously geek out about comments your writing instructor made.
As I mentioned in my novel update, I’m taking a fiction writing class online through Gotham Writers. Our exercise was to emulate the writer’s voice of our favorite author. I chose Dostoevsky, and held my breath as I helplessly plunged into a world of rich vocabulary and flowery descriptions. A world I would be lucky to even have a peek at through a dusty window.
But nonetheless, I was happy to see that my instructor, Lisa Reardon, a published author of several novels and a fantastic human being, is a Dostoevsky fan as well. I wanted to share her comments because she captured the man in the kind of way I could only put my finger on. If you’re a fan, I think you’ll appreciate this too:
You picked one of my favorite writers, and then you did him justice. Russian writers have a grand passion for life, as if they have an extra chromosome that everyone else seems to lack. They also have a knack for putting their finger on the thing that you have always known but never knew you had known. You captured both of those qualities. There was poetry and music in your language. As I said, I’ve enjoyed having you in the class. I hope you pursue your writing, whether at Gotham or elsewhere.
Also, her kind words about my writing didn’t hurt my feelings at all… did she just say I did Fyodor Dostoevsky justice? Because if so, that’s the best compliment on my writing I have received or could ever possibly receive. I must be dreaming.
I’m a lit nerd, it’s fine, you get it.