Whate I’ve learned from writing 500 critiques

For better or worse, writing 500 critiques (502 to be exact) is a milestone, so I thought I’d ruminate over what benefits I might have received from doing all that reading of submissions and writing of criticisms. First, I’ve typed Continue reading Whate I’ve learned from writing 500 critiques

A Useful proofreading tool I’ve developed

When prepping a manuscript for submission, whether for an agent, editor, publisher, or even a critique group, I prefer to have my submission as clean and perfect as possible. I was inspired to become a better proofreader and revisor by the Continue reading A Useful proofreading tool I’ve developed

And then there’s the synopsis…groan

Little did I know what I was getting into when I started writing my novel. All the stuff you have to do besides actually write: study the craft, get critiqued, critique others, read blogs, learn about the publishing business, agents, Continue reading And then there’s the synopsis…groan

Ten writing lessons I learned in 2010

1. The business of writing is diametrically opposed to the art of writing. 2. I’m not nearly as bad a “serious” writer as I thought  I was. The corollary: I’m not nearly as good a “serious” writer as I think Continue reading Ten writing lessons I learned in 2010

A milestone reached!

I did it!  Finally finished the novel I’ve been working on. Great, you say, when will it be published? Oh, no, no, no. It’s not ‘finished’ finished, as in completed and ready to be printed. I meant the story has been Continue reading A milestone reached!

Where have all the classics gone?

While perusing blogs, surfing the internet and checking out profiles on Critique Circle- my online writing group- I’ve noticed (perhaps arbitrarily) that very few writers mention “old classics” as being influences on their writing, or even books they number among their personal Continue reading Where have all the classics gone?

Observations about online critiquing groups

I’ve written seriously for about 2 years (yet to be published) and joined an online critique group soon after that. At that website I have become one of the more active participants, mainly due to reading a lot of submissions and critiquing Continue reading Observations about online critiquing groups