8 Urban Myths to Squelch During Story Critiques (link)

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.):

  1. This idea has been written before.
  2. Editors hate prologues.
  3. One-sentence paragraphs are grammatically incorrect and should never be used.
  4. 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.
  5. I don’t like the word scarlet. Why can’t you just say what you mean and use red?
  6. I hate (talking animals) (vampires) (suicide bombers) (New Age rhetoric) etc. Delete that nonsense from your book.
  7. Your writing is too purple.
  8. 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

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Submitted “All You Quantum Zombies”

I’ve submitted ”All You Quantum Zombies” to the Ann Arbor Book Fair Short Story Contest and am trying to put enough polish on my heavily tweaked ”Stealing a Seed of the Giving-Tree” in time to get it in by midnight.  It’s a bit dicey as to whether or not I’ll get it into shape and within the word count (you can guess which of those is more difficult for me).  Nose to the grind-stone and no writers’ group for me tonight.

Writers’ group report

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”).