8 Urban Myths to Squelch During Story Critiques at http://writingnovelsthatsell.com
Some good critique advice (pretty much falling into my main “critique critique” — Remember, you’re helping them write their story, not writing your version of it.):
- This idea has been written before.
- Editors hate prologues.
- One-sentence paragraphs are grammatically incorrect and should never be used.
- I don’t like to wait for character information to be revealed. I want you to write important traits, like hair color and age, as soon as you introduce that character.
- I don’t like the word scarlet. Why can’t you just say what you mean and use red?
- I hate (talking animals) (vampires) (suicide bombers) (New Age rhetoric) etc. Delete that nonsense from your book.
- Your writing is too purple.
- You’ll never get this story published
Well worth reading the details at: 8 Urban Myths to Squelch During Story Critiques at http://writingnovelsthatsell.com
We’ve been having a relatively low turnout at the Tuesday night AAAWG Arborland Borders meetings for the past couple of weeks. Continue reading “AAAWG notes”
The turnout for yesterday’s AAAWG meeting at Borders in Arborland was relatively light. Continue reading “AAAWG and reading “Dispensing Justice””
Patrick recently solicited advice from the rest of the AAAWG members on giving characters a unique voice in dialogue. He received much excellent advice that I will attempt to summarize here. Continue reading “AAAWG Q-and-A on character voice”
At a recent meeting of our writers group, a new-comer read two essays. The first one was on the importance of writing and writers to our civilization. Continue reading “Fritz’s Mini-Rant on the Decay of Western Civilization and the Role of the Writer”
First, congratulations goes out to Stephanie Feldstein for landing an agent this last weekend. Continue reading “AAAWG notes”
Yesterday I attended the Wednesday night AAAWG (at Borders on Lohr Rd), Continue reading “AAAWG notes”
There were fourteen people in attendance at last nights AAAWG meeting. Continue reading “AAAWG notes”
There were eleven people in attendance at last nights AAAWG meeting. Continue reading “AAAWG notes”
There were seven people in attendance at last nights AAAWG meeting. Continue reading “AAAWG notes”
There were thirteen people in attendance at last nights AAAWG meeting. Continue reading “AAAWG notes”
Yesterday evening was our second meeting in the Great Lakes Coffee and Chocolate Co. off Jackson Rd. and they once again accommodated us without complaint. I trotted out my new opening for “The Alchemist of Liberty” and it went over well. I’ve started to notice when I (finally) work out the right starting point for a story. It is difficult to define, but I know when I pretty much have it nailed. I felt that way when I stumbled on the first person framing narrative for “The Shaper’s Daughter” and I feel that way about Sir Tristan and Teal on upper observation deck of the zeppelin Waking Dream, both of which I was influenced to put together by comments from the writers’ group (not with standing that not many people in the group liked the first person framing of the “The Shaper’s Daughter”).