Tag Archives | Critique Partners

Steph and Stacey’s Critiquing Cheat Sheet

Stephanie: When I first started writing, I thought revising was proofreading. In fact, I knew so little about revisions I believed that if there were mistakes in my manuscript it was no big deal because that’s what editors are for. Thankfully I outgrew this delusion rather quickly. Unfortunately it took me a much longer time to find solid critique partners and figure out what it means to revise. So, for any of you who might […]

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Betareaders Rock: Meet the Readers Who Proofed This Gulf of Time and Stars, and Win a Copy of the Book!

Science fiction folks know. What they like and don’t like. Most particularly, they know what they love. All about what they love. I’ve been to conventions. Trust me. You can count me among them for I’m just as cautious about a “new” take on a beloved film or tv series. Hopeful, yes, because I want more. But cautious. Because, seriously. What if They mess it up? There’s no mysterious and plural They involved in my […]

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Guest Post: Switching Gears with Karen Akins

When Amie invited me to contribute this guest post, my first question was, “Is there a particular topic you’d like me to write about?” She said it could be anything publishing-related…maybe the challenges of writing time travel. Which makes sense. The first book in my time travel duology, Loop is already out in the world, and its sequel Twist releases on April 7th. I began writing Loop in 2010. It’s 2015. That’s five years of writing time travel. That’s […]

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Thank You for Being a (Writing) Friend

Writing is a solitary endeavor, but that doesn’t mean we do it all alone. We have writers’ groups, beta readers, crit partners, and online friends to help motivate and support us. And since it’s the time of year to be thankful for things, now’s a good day to let those folks know how much you value them. Give hugs to all your writer pals, especially the ones who have stood by you through rejection after […]

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Holding Yourself Accountable & Staying Motivated

I’ve talked about productivity in great detail before. I’ve discussed how BICHOK is a sure-fire way to get your writing where it needs to be, how endurance can be increased, and how fear can often hold back your writing. But what about those times when it’s just plain ol’ laziness that’s keeping you from the productivity you want? What about those days where you spend four hours at the computer and write all of 4 words because OMG! […]

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