Oh boy! Sometimes Feedback can hurt!
Oh boy! Sometimes Feedback can hurt!
I thought rewriting my first person science fiction piece (for NaNoWriMo) would be easy. I thought achieving those 50K works would be done in no time flat, but I was wrong… I was so wrong.
Receiving critique is a must for any writer looking to publish. For one thing, it gets your work out there, it forces you to let go and accept comments (both good and bad.) That isn’t easy for any writer to do, but it is a hurdle we all have to conquer. Additionally, good critique will inevitably improve your writing. It will show you the weaknesses of the piece that we, as the creators, are just blind to.
I’ve been in a lot of critique groups, and am currently running one right now because I know the help it can provide and I love reading the work of my fellow writers. But sometimes, a good critique partner is hard to come by. Continue reading “The Hunt for Good Critique”
We’re less than a month away from the beginning of NANOWRIMO! What does that stand for? National Novel Writing Month.
November is the month for writers! It is when we crawl out of our writing caves, put our butt in chairs, stuff our faces with caffeine and TYPE!
If you don’t know, Nanowrimo stands for National Writing Month where writers around the world try to write a novel (or 50K words) within a month. This is the time to finally get out that novel idea you’ve been thinking about for months. New writers tackle their first attempt at noveling (that is a word now!) while experienced veterans look upon the blank page with grim determination.
Even though we’re still in October, it isn’t too late to start preparing for 30 days of constant writing, plotting, and racking up the word count.
I’ve seen a lot of writers asking the question, “What POV should I write my story in?”
It is a great question to ask yourself before starting a new project, so let’s dive in!
There used to be a time when I didn’t worry about POV. I wrote the story the way I saw it in my mind. Sometimes it was like a movie I was watching (third person) and sometimes it was a story the character was telling me (first person.) All that mattered was getting the story out, I realized a little too late that how you told the story matters just as much as the writing.
Going to your first writing conference? Congrats! It will be a great and fun experience. One you’ll never forget. I’m sure you’re nervous, I was too when I went to my first one. I didn’t know what to expect but wanted to get the most out of it.
Now I’ve gone to a few and I think I’ve learned one or two things that would help any conference attendee make it a great trip.
After starring at the same words for months, maybe years it is easy to feel lost in your project. The passion is just gone. Maybe there are other plot bunnies floating by your head, tempting you with their ideas and characters and they look so appealing.
I turned to advise on how to keep passion in romantic relationships and tried applying it to the relationship between writer / WIP. You two started out this relationship great- it was an instant connection. The words were flowing and you were having an amazing time exploring this new concept. Then something happens. The dreaded middle, writer’s block, maybe things just aren’t going the way you planned. Maybe you’ve edited the thing so many times you are sick of it!
Fear not. Everyone has these moments of doubt. It isn’t anything new and it will pass. That is the most important part, so let’s repeat it. It will pass. But if you need an extra boost to rekindle that passion and love you once had for this special project, below are a few good places to start.