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On working with creative feedback

On working with creative feedback

I thrive on structure in my creative work. But it’s also the most vulnerable spot in my creative process.

Preparing to write my thesis for my MFA made this painfully clear. When I convened the meeting with my thesis committee to vet my proposal, I thought I had a decent outline of the chapters I would write, even if underneath it all, I wasn’t ready to write a full book. The subject was family history, the narrative through-line of the memoir a recent medical diagnosis, the questions pertaining to the former woven into the story of the latter. It was a sound project, and my advisor was just as on board with it as I was.

Within the first ten minutes of the meeting, the outline went out the window.