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Writing Critique Partners   1 comment

I came across the idea of finding a critique partner while listening to a podcast from Helping Writers Become Authors (http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/podcasts/).

This seemed like a brilliant idea – a different way to get a perspective on my writing, and to help others with theirs – and a good supplement to my monthly writers’ group meetings.

The podcast suggested that getting a critique partner whom you could trust was a hard, time consuming task. After all, you need to find someone you are comfortable with, so you can share ideas and criticisms without taking each comment as a personal insult.

I thought I’d pursue the matter further and so a quick search on the web took me to this great resource: http://thewritelife.com/find-a-critique-partner/ which contains a list of online writing forums and critique communities, most of whom are free to join.

Having gone through the list, I delved into the Critique.org (http://critique.org/index.php) workshops because the community there was started for science fiction and fantasy writers, and a lot of my work fits into those genres.

It was a simple process to register on the site. It involved picking a workshop (there are workshops covering different writing genres) and completing a short form to supply my contact details and a short bio. Once completed, I was rewarded with a username and password, and a commitment to critique a piece of work at least once a week. I’ve done this a couple of times already, and it’s a fun process. You have to remember to follow the critique response guides as you don’t want to be rude or discouraging to fellow writers, and there are a few style rules to follow, but you can’t really go wrong.

Next step for me is to submit a piece for critique, and then hold my breath and wait for the responses. As long as I keep submitting critiques back, then my piece should be reviewed a few weeks after submission.

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Info-dump Podcast   Leave a comment

I’ve just listened to the 335th podcast in the Helping Writers Become Authors podcast by KM Weiland, and very interesting it is too. I’ve been impressed by the quality of the information in this series since I came across it, but was particularly interested in this episode on Info-dumps where she outlines four different types of exposition a writer can succumb to when writing.

According to her, these categories are:

  1. Back story
  2. World building
  3. Technical
  4. Emotional

The emotional info-dump was new to me. KM Weiland defined it as when a character shares their state of mind, their emotions, or their current thinking. I found this interesting as an idea because I recognise that I’ve been guilty of writing this way from time to time.

So, I guess I need to set myself the task where of showing my way out of passages where I have the urge to share the emotions of my characters, so that readers can see the inner conflict, rather than being told about it. This might be harder than it sounds…

 

 

Trains   Leave a comment

At least the trains have started to run again. Storm Frank has a lot to answer for. When it made the viaduct at Lammington unsafe, it also made my commute to the Big City that bit longer, which meant earlier starts in the morning, and later finishes in the evening. It also curtailed my writing a little. I’d found the train journey handy for putting pen to paper, using those moments to be as productive as I could. Having this taken away – albeit only for a short time – wasn’t going mean hours of fruitless driving though. I quickly discovered a bunch of fantastic podcasts to keep me company during my journey. Needless to say I am now a big fan of Writing Excuses, Grammar Girl, and The Geeks Guide To The Galaxy. Keep up the good work folks!

Posted February 22, 2016 by Alan Clark in Commute, Podcast, Train, Writer, Writing