Note: I’ll be posting a follow-up on my cancer surgery tomorrow.
Well, I tried to get you guys to contribute what you were working on, but that only seemed to spark moderate interest.
I’m trying to think of a way we can flop around each other’s sites and help each other out.
What about posting up to 250 words of what we are working on, and hopping around and critiquing each other’s work? Maybe make it a rule that you will hop to whomever gives you a critique, and critique theirs? (Everyone would post on their own blog)
That way the more you critique, the more you get back in return. Anyone interested? This is something we can do weekly, even maybe post the same thing as you improve it. I know a lot of people don’t have beta readers, and this would be like gold to them.
I thought this would be a great way to get quick thoughts on our first pages. After all, it’s the most important page of your book, right?
And yes… that means if you give me a well-thought-out critique, I will do the same for you.
What do you think? Interested?
- Why Your Novel Needs a Manuscript Critique Before You Send It Out (wordscomeezine.wordpress.com)
- Online Critique Groups (authortlgray.wordpress.com)
- Great editing, supportive community at Scribophile (wehrismypen.wordpress.com)
- On critique partners (thescribblingpost.wordpress.com)
- I’m Going to be a Professional Whistler (gabrielletheauthoress.wordpress.com)
I had to stop and come back after I gave this some thought. I’m definitely interested. Sounds like a good way to get that whip cracking. One question regarding 250 words–what if it’s not a n.o.v.e.l? Might short stories count?
Absolutely! It’s the same creative process. It’s all about grabbing the reader with your wonderful prose.
Constructive opinions are always needed! Great idea. If nothing else it might push me to get writing a little faster…
Sounds good to me!!
Hey you! SOMEONE has a book release coming up! Congrats!
Yes, and someone is trying to enjoy the ride without peeing her pants! Hahaha
It does sound pretty interesting and it might actually get me back to working on my WIP, if I get some actual feedback. When will we be doing this, Jennifer?
Sounds interesting. I always enjoy hearing what other think. It makes me a better writer.
I think it’s a good idea, too. It could be a great opportunity for writers to find possible critique partners for full manuscripts, too, if they find someone they work well with in the process. Some basic guidelines would be good so people understand the nature of critiquing—such as writers understanding that suggestions for improvement aren’t personal attacks and critters understanding they should be tactful and encouraging as they offer suggestions.
Yes absolutely. But everyone would need tore member that some people might see it that are not writers or know/understand. This is when you need to pull out that thick skin.
Sounds like a great idea. I’m always looking for a 3rd, 4th, and 5th opinion. As writers we can see what non writers can’t sometimes… Just let me know when you want it. I’m in the middle of a manuscript now, so ready when you are.
Sounds like fun, count me in.
yes-as long as everyone plays nice
Thanks for the linkback to my blog! Also, I’m totally down for this “blog hop.” Sounds like a fabulous idea and a great way to kick up some interest in our WIPs!
I could be interested – might actually make me write something.
I’ll have to see if I’ve got anything ready enough to post for this. But it does sound interesting and hopefully useful.
Hmmm, I might be interested…but…well…what happens when someone doesn’t have anything nice to say about our work? I guess I’m afraid that I’ll post something that no one will like. (That happens. Often.)
I’m up for any kind of criticism as long as the person can back it up with reasons why they didn’t like it. If a person doesn’t like the genre, then the person doesn’t have to critique a particular work. it could be lots of fun