Thursday, May 5, 2011

MS Revised and Revived


I am having a wonderful week. Some weeks just shine in my writing world. Unfortunately we aren’t having the best home schooling week. So lets just focus on what’s making my writing week amazing!

The picture? Taken on holidays a couple of years ago... I love the shiny reflection - just like my shiny week.

I sent my ms to the fabulous Tania McCartney for a professional assessment. She more than delivered and gave me some ridiculously wonderful advise.

So right now, I’m creating a story board (very uncreatively) and moving the characters around as to who does what in the story. So much fun and yes, also a lot of work.

Hopefully one day I’ll find a critique partner or group I feel comfortable with, but until then I will more than likely head back to Tania for help.

I have read so much advice on finding a crit group/partner … but hit me with more… Where… how… when… do you suggest I link in with some helpful peers?
or on another note...
What makes you feel shiny?

18 comments:

  1. I love shiny reflections too.
    I always wonder how authors fit a story together so well ...well most of them.
    Good luck.

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  2. Nothing really makes me feel shiny. But one of the things that makes me happy is good writing. Different authors/writers do different things. I know loads who plan meticulously, do storyboards etc. But some just write, and that's what I do. I have had loads of fiction and non-fiction published but I've never had a novel published yet, so you know, I'm not a success story. Just saying we are all different. For me, I just write and feel the characters and can chop and change.
    Don't feel you have to do anything in particular, just do what works for you.
    And let's hope you get a publishing deal soon. xo

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  3. I have an on-line critique group, and I love them. Someone just did a blog post on how to fine a local critique group through SCBWI. Hmm, now which of the many, many, many blogs that I follow had that post? Anyway, I think a good critique group doesn't have to be face-to-face. Like I said, I love mine. We all met in a writers' forum.

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  4. I love that you have had such a shiney week..store up all those good feelings and memories for the next time you have a week needing some resilience!

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  5. There must be something in the air ... I'm revising a manuscript too, and this week has been a wonderful writing week here as well, very productive!

    Write on ...

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  6. I'm glad you've had such a good week and are excited about your story. I wish you well on the revisions.

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  7. I think the best thing you can do is agree to swap 50 pages with some people. With their comments on 50 pages, you'll know how much of a match you are. If it doesn't work out, fine. And if it does even better. It takes some trial and error. I think I worked with six people before I found my CP,and she's great. But I know published authors who say they worked with way more than that to find their fit.
    bethfred.com

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  8. I belong to a great online critique group. They have really helped me with my novel. I hope your revisions go well.

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  9. Sounds like a lot of work, but great news!

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  10. I found my crit partner through SheWrites, we worked well together. I then found another partner through Kidlit - Mary Kole of Andrea Brown Lit Agency. She (Mary) has a message board with authors who are looking for crit partners. They post a mini-bio of what they want in a partner and what their WIP is about. It's awesome. I recommend posting your info and trust me someone will contact you. My new partner and I work great together. We swaped the first chapter to test the water and loved it.

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  11. Woo! Well done on making such great progress with your MS!

    My CP's my friend and occasional flatmate, so no help there. Other people I critique for, I've found on blogs--I think the best approach can simply bet to find somebody who writes something similar to you and swap first chapters to see if you're both happy with the type of work you're critiquing, and the type of critique provided.

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  12. I'm similarly no help with finding a CP (in fact, mine is the above commenter, Amie). In my experience it has to grow organically--reach out to other writers and become friends (or at least acquaintances) first, without trying to add the pressure of being CPs. Learn what makes the other tick. Learn to trust him or her, and show them they can trust you.

    But I also think you can ask for (and give) critique from people without being critique PARTNERS with them. And that can be really valuable!

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  13. I think I actually feel the most shiny when I look the least shiny, straight after I exercise and am covered in sweat. As for a crit partner, I don't know. I've never had one special partner but have found people along the way who offer some good advice. Sometimes there's some trial and error involved in finding the right person. It's a bit like trying to find a playgroup. Good luck :)

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  14. Sounds like you are having a blast writing!

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  15. Woot, sounds like it's all coming together for you :) I'm about to start a regular Beta Match on Rach Writes, along the lines of Mary Kole's critique connection - that may be something you can put your name down on (or find someone else there) :)

    Hugs,

    Rach

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  16. How cool! You can't beat good CPs. Makes such a difference. Looks like Rach Harrie will have a good option. I've found great CPs on Writers Digest community forums... a free site. Also, just by blogging and straight up asking other writers in the same genre. Some writers put ads out on their own blogs for beta readers/ CPs.

    Good luck!

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  17. Seems like you have a lot of online support for your writing which is great.

    I'm feeling pretty 'dull' right now but I'm so blessed to say that my husband is so supportive and loving in the 'dull' times. xox

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  18. Sounds good, if you don't find a critique group you could always try the Blue Boards at Verla Kay's.

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