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A Time to Create. A Time to Critique. (are you putting a cork in your creative flow?)

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This is great advice that every writer can use!

Brewhaha Book Cafe

Let’s get brutally honest for a moment. Writing — I mean really going for it — is terrifying!

Each and every time you sit down to put words on page, you’re actually transcribing a little piece of you: your wildest dreams, your deepest desires. So what if you don’t like what you see looking back at you? What if your reflection exposes you to be not the creative genius you’d hoped and imagined, but a failure and a fraud?

And that’s just the first cause of anxiety… (Who wouldn’t want to be a writer?!) As if looking at your own work wasn’t cringe-worthy enough, if you have any hope of publication, at some stage you will have to cast your story (that hard-laboured insight into your soul) before the eyes of complete strangers! Or worse: people you know!

To some extent, the anxiety is only natural: the nerves, the…

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Moving house

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If you follow my blog, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted for a while. I’m in the middle of moving house and it has sucked up all my time and energy. I hope to be settled soon and back to work as usual.

I’m moving to a nicer, quieter neighbourhood, so writing will be easier and more inspired by the peacefulness and the fact that I’ll be closer to nature.

Oh, and I’ll have faster Internet! That’s always a bonus!

 

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How many unfinished manuscripts do you have?

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For me, it’s not so much that I have the unfinished stuff that I’ve given up on. It’s the unfinished stuff that’s waiting in a queue for me to finish the stuff I’m doing and start on them…

Ed A. Murray

It has almost become routine.

Get a great idea—this is the one! Jot it down. Make notes. Wait until you’re at your computer, and then type away, cranking out as many details as you can remember from the initial burst of inspiration. This is the one that will make my writing known.

And then, about two weeks and ten thousand words later…a new great idea! Scratch that old one, this new one is where I need to focus my writing energy.

It’s cyclical. Until one day you manage to snap the cycle and actually finish a manuscript—which has happened to me three times. How many not-quite-finished or was-once-a-great-idea-until-it-wasn’t-anymore drafts do I have saved on my computer? Dozens. A good fifteen or twenty for every book I completed.

That’s just the way it goes. Does the process discourage me? At first, sure, it did. When you have yet to complete anything…

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How to Outline a Scene like a Pro

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CS Lakin really knows her stuff. I have found her website invaluable.

Blissful Scribbles

Hello, lovely people, I hope you are well? You are? Great! I know I am, it’s Friday after all! The last few days I have been outlining my scenes so that I am ready for Camp NaNoWriMo in July.

I’m reading an amazing book by CS Lakin called The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction which I have found invaluable. Lakin gives a scene checklist which I recommend you get your hands on.

I have used this to ask myself set questions per scene, and they are helping me so much I thought I would share them with you. Let me know what you think!

​What is the action or revelation that is the high impact crux of this scene?

What new information will this scene tell the reader?

What is the purpose of the scene?

What do I want the reader to know by reading this scene?

What is…

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Writing for the Masses 7: Know Writing When You See It

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Thought that this was quite interesting. Maybe people who “don’t like reading” might be more inclined to read because they do it every day on social media.

TFWOA

“Keep writing” seems like some obvious advice for anyone with creative writing ambitions, no matter how large or small. There really isn’t much else to writing other than to do it, and continue until you can do it well. You can read fiction, read publishing advice books, read writing websites (like this one!), but at the end of the day, practice is the only way to hone your voice.

I throw the “others have said this much better, but it bears repeating” disclaimer about here in the post. I’m not pretending to have some significant insight, just the experiences of my undergraduate career that I think others could learn from.

First, comrades, we must discuss the idea that we are writing all the time. Many of you will no doubt protest: “But I set aside special time for my fiction/poetry/satire. How can you tell me I’m always writing it?”

Well…

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To the readers who have recently purchased Tamisan

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To the amazing readers who have recently purchased my book, Tamisan, I’d firstly like to thank you. It means a lot to me.

Secondly, I’d like to ask a small favour. Could you please write a review on the site you purchased it from just to say what you thought of it? Even if it’s just a short paragraph, that would be enough. You don’t have to be an expert on writing reviews. It would mean the world to me personally to know that you enjoyed my book, or if you didn’t, but professionally, it would really help me out. Word of mouth is the absolute best way to get more sales in any profession.

The fact that no one has written a review yet, even though the people I know who have read it have given me terrific feedback, gives the rest of the world the impression that it’s not a good book.

I admit I didn’t use Beta Readers during the writing process – mainly because I have only recently discovered how important they are and how to go about getting some. I have Author-tubers like Jenna Moreci, Kristen Martin, Vivien Reis, Kim Chance, Rachael Stephen, Natalia Leigh, and Shaelin Bishop to thank for the excellent info on the Beta Reader process and the importance of having Critique Partners. And a bunch of other stuff.

You can never have too much help when it comes to writing. Well, you can, but I only find it overwhelming if too many people are giving conflicting information, which doesn’t happen too often. I encourage any authors out there to check out the above authors who have amazing videos up on YouTube that give great writing advice.

And if you can’t write a review, a comment here would be really nice.

Thanks in advance!

 

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I am looking for a Critique Partner

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Hey everyone! I wanted to just put this out there. I am looking for a Critique Partner so we can share feedback on each other’s novels as we’re working on them. My genres are Paranormal/Romance, Science Fiction/Romance, Fantasy/Romance, and Dystopian/Romance.

For those of you who don’t know what a Critique Partner is, it is someone who is also an author, or aspiring author. The idea is that you give them your story to read as you’re working on it, and they give you feedback and constructive criticism from an AUTHOR’S point of view so that you can determine whether your manuscript is working or whether it maybe might just fall in a heap and not hold up as a strong story. It works both ways. You do the same for their story. It helps immensely if you both write the same or at least similar genres.

You might be thinking; isn’t that what Beta Readers are for? Well, no. Not exactly.

Beta Readers will read your story and give you feedback from a READER’S point of view. They can’t tell you if your characters aren’t developed enough or if your premise is strong. But that doesn’t mean that a Beta Reader’s opinion isn’t valid or needed. You should use them too. I plan to follow some suggestions made by one of my favourite Author-Tubers, Jenna Moreci, and get a Critique Partner during my writing process and use about twenty Beta Readers once I’ve written and edited my manuscript. Once I get their feedback and I’ve incorporated what I think is necessary into my novel, I can do my final polishing and publish it.

I strongly recommend Jenna Moreci’s YouTube videos. They’re informative and funny and have helped me a lot.

If you’d like to be my Critique Partner or just want to contact me and say hi, my email address is: suemckenzie68@yahoo.com.

 

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