Month: July 2020

How Does I Critique Good? Redux

My previous entry on how to do critique partnerships may have been a bit heavy on demands and rules. I’ve come up with something a lot simpler. You give me as much of your writing as you want. I’ll get back to you in 30 days. All I ask in return is that you extend to me the same courtesy.

And that’s it. For critique partners, I’m looking for fellow writers who will read with a writer’s eye. I need help on characterization, pacing, and unpacking of scenes. Once the critiquing stage is done, I’ll move on to beta readers.

Beta readers can be anybody. All I ask for them is to read as much as they can in 30 days then get back to me with general “Is this story good?” type of feedback.

That said, I currently have 1 critique partner, and I’m in need of about 4 more. People from different cultural backgrounds is a plus. It’s always nice to get a good cross-section of society.

Does this mean my book is ready for CPs?

Basically, yeah. The book is done. Unless I decide to include book two as the second half of the same book. Then it’s about half-done. Still toying with that idea. Will make a final decision by September.

Something Something Dark Side. Something something something complete.

Hey, kids! Book is coming along nicely. Current draft is done, and I am looking for feedback on the first three chapters. Going to be soliciting for CPs on Twitter shortly. Let me know if you’re interested in being a beta reader. Comment below.

Beta readers read as much of the book as they’d like and send me their initial impressions. CPs, I expect some more in-depth, writerly guidance. That’s why I ask other writers to be CPs. We can’t help ourselves. Try to resist the urge to edit as you go! I don’t want anyone editing and not getting paid for it. If you’re good at something, never do it for free. Ha ha! Been guilty of that myself.

In other news, I’m thinking of converting this blog to twice a month or monthly, and then doing a weekly video rather than weekly blog posts. That way you get more bang for your buck, and I don’t have to write something captivating every freakin’ week.

Of course, I could do both. Weekly blog and weekly vlog. That could be fun. Hm…What do you think? Comments welcome!