Different kinds of critiques

I don't know about you, but I've REALLY been enjoying my critique series. I haven't ever delved into it this deeply before and analyzed how it works, how it works best, and ways to derail one's critiquing career (both as giving and receiving), so this has been super fun for me. As I've been writing … Continue reading Different kinds of critiques

Evolution of Critiquing

Just to be clear, this isn't a history of the critique, so I'm sorry if you were expecting that. Critiquing takes different forms depending on how rough or polished the draft is, so I want to walk through the critique and its evolution as the draft moves from rough to polished. First Draft Critique The … Continue reading Evolution of Critiquing

Critiquing – Getting Critiqued

Last week, I talked about giving critiques and this week, I want to talk about RECEIVING critiques. In the writing circle I run in, there's a fair amount of critiquing going on and the most common complaint I see about GIVING critiques is the lack of grace on the part of the writer. For example, … Continue reading Critiquing – Getting Critiqued

Writing Tip: Community

Building on what I talked about last week, community is essential to grow your writing. Why? Others look at your work with a different eye than you do and so can spot problemsWhen we write and then edit our work, it's hard to see problem spots for the simple reason that we don't know what … Continue reading Writing Tip: Community

Writing Tip: Helping Others

The best and most efficient way to improve your writing is.... To help others with theirs. This may feel counterintuitive if your life looks anything like mine (busy from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep). However, I believe that helping other writers only makes YOU a better writer. I … Continue reading Writing Tip: Helping Others

Beta Reader Process

Hey! I hope you had a chance to check out yesterday's video, Beta Readers Part 1, where I talked a little bit about betas. [Note: This process has changed since the original writing of this post. The post will reflect my current beta reading process.] Oh beta readers - those people who desperately want to … Continue reading Beta Reader Process

Incorporating alpha reader feedback

So you've written your novel, you've had some people read through it, you've gotten their feedback, and... now what? Incorporating alpha feedback should be rather painless, to be honest. For one, there isn't that much of it. And two, the things they are looking for are the things you suspected to be wrong anyway. I … Continue reading Incorporating alpha reader feedback

Editing – 3 reasons to take a break

For some, editing isn't the most fun part of writing, but believe me, it is the most necessary part. In yesterday's video, I talked about my own editing process. I broke editing down into three stages and you can go check that out. (Side note: This video was back when I was experimenting with Bible studies, … Continue reading Editing – 3 reasons to take a break