The best thing I ever did for my writing was to hook up with a critique group. Not only did I learn by what they said about my pieces, but I learned by what others did right and wrong in their work. The group also inspired me to try new things. What to consider when … Continue reading Searching for a Critique Group: A Guest Post by SM Ford (aka Susan Uhlig)
I was asked to read a friend's manuscript the other day - something I was thrilled to do. Her story had always seemed interesting to me, so I was glad to get a chance to be able to read it. As I was beginning to go through the first few chapters, I had a thought … Continue reading How do you critique?
It is blog chain time again. This round was started by Mary. Her questions were about critique groups. To make this fun, I expanded the questions a little, and pretended I was being interviewed by Writer's Digest (Hey, I love playing pretend). So, here we go… We are here today with Christine Fonseca, author of … Continue reading Blog Chain:Critique Groups
We have made it through the first full week of my "40 Days of Gratitude" challenge. How do you feel? Anything different? For me, I find myself more able to cope with the difficulties that come my way – whether it's a particularly rough work situation, family stress (remember, I do have a 7th grader in the … Continue reading 40 DAYS OF GRATITUDE, Day 8: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
OK…so a few of the writers on the Blog Chain started posting updates on Wednesdays regarding their various works in progress. "Brilliant", I thought, and I decided to follow suit. I usually have several projects going on at once. That being said, I can seldom concentrate on more than one WIP at a time due to … Continue reading WIP Wednesday
Today’s short post builds on previous posts about editing and critiquing. I stumbled across a 4 part series on self-editing on the Blood-Red Pencil Blog. I found this information useful for getting through the first few rounds of revisions. Check it out and tell me what you think. Happy editing...Now I must get back to mine!
We work hard to write our manuscript – a book we have dreamed about forever. We edit, and re-edit, fretting the entire time. When we think it is PERFECT, we submit it to agents. We know they will love it too. But, something happens…our full request gets rejected time and time again. What is going on? … Continue reading The Benefits of Critique Groups