Saturday, March 23, 2013

A little critique does the writer good

Oh, don't fix the grammar of my post title.  I like it that way! :)

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!

His smile.... love.
If you don't have a critique partner, I really recommend one.  It's another fresh perspective and there's so much you can learn from each other!

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? 

18 comments:

  1. I know although sometimes it's hard to get Critiqued and sometimes I feel bad giving critiques, it is so helpful on both sides of the coin. It was nice to have "you" around today ;)

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    1. It is helpful to be on both sides - there are things she told me and I noticed some of the same little mistakes in hers. It can be helpful. I always just try to add positive with my critiques. Thanks Jen! You'll actually get to see and hear me in one of my A-Z posts. :)

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  2. Congrats on finishing all your A to Z posts! I still haven't started. Eek!

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  3. Can't wait to read your A-Z posts! I'm guilty of using "just" and "awesome" way too much. Every time I catch myself writing "just," I delete it. Enjoy the movie and have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Christine - I can't wait to share my posts! I use "just" too much too! I should delete it, but I'm stubborn and wait until revisions, lol.

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  4. The repeating words thing is so easy to slip into. Thank goodness for editing!

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  5. I have so much trouble with repeating words! I have to do a "find" or "search" on my MS to make sure I haven't overused words. I also catch myself inserting little details here and there that the reader already knows. It's so hard not to do that...I just want to make sure they caught what I was trying to convey, but it is insulting their intelligence and I hate it when I read a book that does that and my readers are going to hate it just the same!

    I've never used a CP or Beta before. When I wrote my first novel, I was completely in the dark about things like that. I had no idea they existed. Since then I've just never found one, but I can definitely see the advantages of having someone look at your work and picking through it, especially if they are honest and fair about what they find.

    Great post,
    Michelle :)
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    1. I'm always looking for words I use to much with the "find" function in Word. It's so helpful! It's hard not to repeat the details and I don't want my readers hurt either.

      You have one now! I'm ready to read when you send it. :)

      Thanks Michelle!

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  6. Very true! Thanks for posting this.
    Can't wait to see all your A to Z blog posts. :) I will vicariously participate through you since I will not have time to participate myself.
    And that is an awesomely hilarious show! Thanks for introducing me to it. :)

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    1. I hope you enjoy my posts! They are definitely nerdy and fun. :) I'm glad you like it! My best friend introduced me to BAMF Girls Club and I love it!

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  7. I'm working on edits for my book right now, so this post really spoke to me. I, too, use the same words too often, and I never notice until someone points it out. Congrats on finishing your A to Z posts. Wish I could say the same. Off to write some more. Looking forward to reading yours!

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    1. I'm glad this post spoke to you Tia! :) Good luck with your posts! I look forward to yours too.

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  8. I had to do a find and replace in my book. It wasn't 'that' - it was the words f*** and sticky! I had over 98 f words and probably about 20 sticky's. Oy vey!!!! :)

    I have not yet written any of my A to Z posts. You are so organized, LOL!!!! I feel so behind :)
    Have a great weekend, Krista

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  9. As well as repeating little bits I have to be careful not to info dump. Sometimes it comes in dialogue but that's not always good either! I love learning from my CPs and I can't wait to read Defiance. :)

    Awesome nerdness sounds good to me. Enjoy The Hobbit - it's a great ride!

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  10. CP's are imperitive. Great advice! I watched The Hobbit last Saturday. It was just as good as the first time I saw it. I have 10 more A to Z posts to write. I want to focus on checking out other blogs, too instead of writing my own posts.

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  11. Damn - cyberspace just ate my comment :( This is such an interesting post as I've just given up on a book I was reading. The repetition of words, the telling not showing and the annoying character ticks that were over played annoyed me so much, I stopped reading even though I liked the plot. And that's something I never do!
    Glad you found a new place, and looking forward to your A-Z
    Laura x

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