Which of your works would you consider to be your masterpiece? Is it the one you’ve slaved over for many years but never totally finished because you have to get it just right? Is it the one and only thing you’ve ever gotten published (even if it’s a haiku in a no-name literary journal)? Maybe it’s the one that’s given you the most personal or emotional fulfillment and you’re proud of yourself for having finished it because you never thought you would?
My favorite story has got to be SAMSON, probably because it was experimental, and I wrote whatever I wanted to without paying attention to whether the symbolism would make sense to anyone else reading it. The middle of the story involved one of the characters having a complete breakdown, and I wrote it in a different way from how I usually write (more stream-of-consciousness and less dialogue). I don’t know if I would call SAMSON my masterpiece, though, since I haven’t done much revision on it.
I’d reluctantly say that XIII is my masterpiece because I spent many sleepless nights (and blood, sweat, and tears) on it, it went through many drafts, and I incorporated a good moral/message into it. It’s not been fine-tuned yet, and because of personal circumstances, I doubt it ever will be, but it’s nice to look back through it and remember that I did in fact write it.
A masterpiece could also be a work of yours that’s affected a lot of other people or caused them to think deeply about a particular issue or aspect of life. So I could (humbly) say that this blog is my masterpiece because people have told me that what I post has affected them. After all, isn’t the entire point of writing to share your thoughts with others, to make others feel something, to make them consider things that they have not thought about before?
Anyway, thank you very much to my readers. I appreciate you hanging in there as I continue to post my rants and randomness. 🙂 So… what piece(s) of writing would you consider your masterpiece?