It's been almost ten years since I hosted my first writers' retreat. It was a low-key get together for my five-person critique group, which had been meeting for just a few months.
We already met weekly for face-to-face chapter critiques, but we wanted time to discuss writing, trade ideas and things we'd learned from books, conferences, and hard work.… Read the post
Thank you, brave soul, for trusting me with your work. I hope you find this helpful.
I chose this month's submission to help explain a closer POV. This reads like a movie script. It is omniscient POV (mostly), which was great in the 1800's, but today's reader wants an immersive experience...they want to BE Katniss.… Read the post
I'm taking a break from first page critiques this month, because something is bugging me and I have to get it out.
Continue to send your pages, though, I'll be back next month with a crit!
I traveled to speak at a writer's group last weekend (I do that, you know.… Read the post
If you follow me on Facebook you know I'm the Queen of Pinterest (and if you don't, why not? Beauty pics, cat memes, inspirational quotes, odd Victorian photos — COFFEE! It's a sea of happy in a chaotic world. LauraDrakeAuthor). When I saw this the other day, the photo caught my eye first.… Read the post
Just a note first. I'm ready for more first page submissions! If you've sent one in and I haven't used yours, there could be three reasons. 1. it's too good - people learn from mistakes! 2. It's not perfect, but there's not enough there to spend a whole blog addressing.
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