I realized it is the end of the month and I really haven't posted anything other than blogfests I participated in and book reviews. Not that those are bad, but my blog needs a little more me sometimes!
Back on task -- I've been working hard on some critiques for my CPs. I'm literally swimming in chapters I need to finish critiquing, though I keep getting distracted by other things. I've learned something important while critiquing, well something I already knew, but important.
Writers are all write differently.
One of my critique partner's novel is a MG fantasy novel and she does a great job writing for that level. My other critique partner's novel is a YA fantasy with a dystopian feel to to it and it has a very interesting plot. I'm working on the two of them at the same time and it's interesting to see how different they really are. One might word a scene very differently from another and it's great! Their characters are unique and not flat.
Another thing I've really noticed is how many of the same mistakes we make. Repeating words. I'm big at repeating words too frequently in the same paragraph and same book. In my book, "Nameless", I originally used the word that - over 800 times in 50,000 words. Way too many! Sentence variation. I have trouble sometimes not making my sentences all the same length. It makes the writing harder to read and focus on. Insulting the reader's intelligence. Another difficult one for me - I repeat little things the reader already knows and it's not necessary for the plot, also it is telling not showing. It can be frustrating for the reader and it is definitely one I need to work on. It's so great to read their books and also learn more about my own writing at the same time!
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In other news, I have finished pre-posting my posts for the A to Z Blogging Challenge. I'm all ready for April. I wanted to have them done so I can spend more time reading and commenting instead of trying to slap something together. If you missed it - my theme is: Awesome Nerd-ness. Don't know what that means? You'll find out! :)
And in none writing news, I finally worked out my living situation for August and found an awesome roommate and paid the deposit. It's a big apartment and I'm excited for some privacy again. My little sister doesn't know how to knock or clean up after she digs in my stuff. It's a bit annoying. I love her, but I think I can love her better if we don't live in the same house. It's been a long eight months, but I am grateful my parents were willing to help me to get back on my feet. 4 months until I can move! :)
I'm off to watch "The Hobbit" with my dad! Have a great Saturday!
But before I go, here's a little something for anyone who is a fan of kick-butt girls in books/movies/tv:
Have you seen Bamf Girls Club? There are several episodes more! Love them!! How are things going for you in the writing world?