I apologize for the radio silence guys! I've been working hard on revisions for AWAKEN. And then, I'm participating in NANOWRIMO again! (Yes, I think I might have slight masochistic tendencies). Hehe.
Anyway - how many of you are participating in Nanowrimo? It's this crazy thing where a bunch of us crazy writers sign up to write a novel (50k words) in 30 days. At the end, if we succeed, we get a little certificate that says we did it! And, we have a 50k word manuscript that needs some severe revising and editing!
But the important part is just giving yourself a kick in the pants to get writing every day. I've been a bit of a slacker with the writing lately, letting life get in the way. But once I'm done with these revisions, I'll be hitting Nano hard. And then I'll be revising Burn Me (again).
I've got my Nano project all figured out, outlined and everything. Or at least, I had. Then I got a new shiny idea (and of course it was at 2am, written long-hand on a notepad while sitting on the floor in my bathroom). So I'm still not sure which concept I will be going with. One is a YA ghost/paranormal/thriller. The other I'm not sure what genre it would be in. Potentially YA, potentially adult historical romance. Depends on how I decide to take the storyline (which as it stands would be a dual storyline.) Not sure I'm masochistic enough to attempt a dual storyline novel, at the present time. However, we shall see.
So, if you are preparing for Nano, what do you do to prepare?
I know it's silly, and a little type-A personality, but I use Power Point. I take all the photos that inspire me and put them in a slide show. Then I put note 'slides' in there for scenes that I'm considering, character notes, etc. All in a nice, neat, organized slide show. Yeah, I'm a geek. I admit it. I embrace it. I utilize it. Let's move on. Hehe :)
Thursday, October 6, 2011
There are many ways to obtain critique partners. You can check out the Absolute Write boards. You can join YA LitChat and post on their critique partner boards. SCBWI has discussion boards where you can post your work for critique. (As I would assume most writing associations do). Agentquery.com has a critique partner board. You can even post an ad on your blog/facebook/twitter informing your friends/readers/followers that you are on the critique partner search.
I've found the most valuable critiques are from my critique partners. I've developed a relationship with this group of writers and trust them to rip my project to shreds (kindly). I've been through a few critique partners before finally finding my group. Having a critique partner is like a marriage. Both sides have to want you to succeed. I've found that the most successful critique partner relationships are the ones where the critiquer can be honest with the writer on the issues that need to be improved, while doing it in a respectful and courteous way.
I've also found that the best critiques are the ones that pad the bad with the good. Praise, criticism, praise. Find something they did well and highlight that first. Then, let them know what they can improve, what didn't work, etc. Finish the critique on a good note.
A good way to see if you're a good match is to exchange a chapter to critique. If you like their work, and like their critique of your work, then you might be a good fit. If either of you are way off, then it's probably not the best fit.
So on that note, considering how hard I know it is to find the right critique partner, I thought I'd open up the comments to writers in search of critique partners. In order to help you find your perfect match, please post the following:
Project Status: (Complete, work in progress)
Anything else you would like potential critique partners to know (such as where you are in your writing career (starting out, intermediate, published author etc)
Next, go through the other comments and see if anyone sounds like they'd be a good fit for you. Then, contact them to see if they'd be interested in swapping a chapter or two for a try-out. Finally, once you have found your match, come back and update your comment that you've found your critique partner(s) so that other 'daters' will know you're off the market.