So, you’re writing. Your fingers are flying over your keyboard. The words are flowing. And you want to grow as a writer, really work on your craft, learn more about your strengths and weaknesses, and find a core group of supportive writers. Now what? You need a critique group! You want writing friends invested in … Continue reading 7 Tips for Finding a Critique Group
I recently asked friends on social media what they’d most like to know about writing—the most popular response had to do with writing a book. How do you start? What do you do when you’ve finished? Since we’re heading into NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), the beginning seems like a very good place to start. … Continue reading So You Want to Write a Novel?
If there’s anything I’m an expert on in the literary world, it’s how to luck into amazing critique partners. They are encouraging and supportive, and they kick my metaphorical butt when I need it. Like the time my friend Charlie threatened to have a box of live crickets delivered to me if I didn’t meet … Continue reading How to Maximize Your Critique Partner Experience
Diving into a new year and plowing through another dark, cold winter, I know that I need a little inspiration. I'm guessing other writers could too. With that in mind, here are five of the best pieces of writing advice I've ever received. 1) Write regularly. As Billy Crystal said in Throw Mama from the Train (and, … Continue reading The Best Writing Advice
During my writing group's biweekly meeting last week, Elaine, one of my brilliant critique partners, made this very keen observation: "It takes a village to write a book." The specific reason for this statement was because she pointed out a rather ridiculous (or alarming) train of thought I'd inadvertently given one of my characters. Such is the beauty … Continue reading Grateful for My Village
Writing and publishing is a roller coaster ride, with ups and down and periods where there seems to be no forward movement, only to be followed by times when everything is moving so fast you feel out of control. Luckily, you don’t have to take the ride alone. That’s the beauty of critique partners, especially … Continue reading Maintaining Your CP Relationship Through the Highs
If you've been writing for very long at all, you know that one of the critical tools in any writer's arsenal is good readers. Sometimes these readers may come in the form of a critique group (sometimes called alpha readers) who read the story in progress. Often, they come in the form of beta readers--other … Continue reading Six (Sets of) Questions to Ask as a Beta Reader