looks like I missed several poetry days. I hadn’t posted on my blog because I
was revising my women’s fiction novel, Fogged
Up Fairy Tale, and working on a book of short stories, Snapshot Stories. I’m getting down to the nitty gritty of my novel,
so I also took the time to look for another critique partner. It’s harder than revising.
are one of the creative services I offer. I know how hard it is to find a good critique
partner, and how extremely important it is to have one during revisions. A
writer should pay for a critique if they are unable to find a partner. A critique is critical in assisting the writer with finding flaws and letting
them know when something is working. They help mold the book.
critiques are thorough when it comes to character, plot, writing, style,
dialogue, details, show vs. tell, and inconsistencies. When I work on someone’s
book or short story, I want their works to be a success. They get the most from
me or I wouldn’t waste my time. Some might say my critiques are brutally
honest, but I don’t think I’m to the extreme. Honesty is important when analyzing
works, so I tell it like it is using examples to back up my comments. My
critiques also embrace praise when I see something is working or find a great
line or phrase. I believe it’s important to let the writer know what they’re doing
right as well as where I think they could use some help. In the end, the writer
is going to choose what they deem beneficial to their works.
a good critique partner is a grueling process. Everyone’s writing is different,
and they are at different stages in their writing career. Also, if you find
flaws and faults in a writer’s work, they might retaliate by marking up your
work without cause. This has happened to me in the past. It takes time looking
for and testing out critique partners.
have a great critique partner and I thought another point of view would be
great at this stage in my revisions. After posting on social media that I was
looking for a critique partner, two women contacted me the same week, so we set
up some guidelines. The first woman found me on Tumblr, and wanted
to know if I was interested in swapping stories. Unfortunately, it turned out
English wasn’t her first language, and it would have been more of an edit than
a critique. I contacted her and explained why I couldn’t continue with the swap. She was very nice, and accepted my decline without argument or
second woman was flexible with deadlines, but
I stressed the importance in keeping with a bi-weekly schedule. It turned out
that we were at different stages in our writing careers, so the swaps wouldn’t
be beneficial. Again, I sent an email explaining why I couldn’t continue with
the critique. Thank goodness she was another nice woman who agreed that we
weren’t a good fit.
I’m back to one. But hey, I’m not complaining, I’d
rather have one great critique partner than five bad ones.