Tag Archive | critique groups

The Buddy System

The Buddy System

I haven’t been at this “try-to-be-successful-with-my-writing” gig for too long. And I know everyone will define success for their writing journey a little different. For me, I am interested in traditional publishing. I have stories in my head that will someday grace shelves. Some of those stories may work better indie published, but I know […]

Mid-Week Encouragement

Mid-Week Encouragement

Hey y’all! I hope you’ll forgive me focusing on some other things today, but I just wanted to share a couple of opportunities that you might be interested in. 1. Oxygraphos, a professional-level critique group, is looking for a fourth member. I had to step down due to other commitments and time restraints, but they […]

Calling All Writers!

Calling All Writers!

Hey folks, my critique group, Oxygraphos, is looking for a fourth writer to join our ranks! I’ve been a part of this group for about a year, and it’s been extremely helpful. I’ve learned a lot from these gals! So, here are some details: *We’re a Christian group. *We’re also a professional level group. For […]

How to give a useful critique

How to give a useful critique

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.—Proverbs 27:17 This afternoon I’ll be teaching a class at the Realm Makers conference on “How to Give a Useful Critique.” Becky Minor came up with that title, and I like it because above all a critique must be useful. If the author can’t use it, you […]

Six steps on the writing journey

Six steps on the writing journey

I’m a firm believer that we get back when we give, so I’m happy to offer some insights I’ve learned in my ongoing journey as an author. 1. Write what you know & love I write speculative fiction, specifically urban fantasy and steampunk. My debut novel, Discovering Ren http://www.cogwheelpress.net/discovering-ren.php, was released by Cogwheel Press http://www.cogwheelpress.net/ […]

When to ignore your critique partners

When to ignore your critique partners

I have some great critique partners. But after several years of participating in both online and offline critique groups, I’ve learned that some types of advice just need to be ignored. Not that you should go on the defensive. In fact, in my in-person critique group, Word Weavers, the critiquee is forbidden to defend. Just […]

Magical Moments

Magical Moments

As I passed my submission around the table full of critiquers, I trembled with anticipation. Would such a diverse group like my far-out fantasy story? I purred with satisfaction as they laughed at all the right moments. A subtle hum filled the room at my description of a bakery. It was an author’s dream come true. They […]