Sunday, July 24, 2016

Critiquing Woes

I know it has been a while since I've touched on any of the creative writing skills, but it's been a busy, not to mention, wild summer.

Between moving, and now trying to put our new home together which includes painting, and errands, I've had really little time to just hang out in my office and get things done. I might get caught up at some point, we shall see.


But in the mean time, I have been reading at night before bed. I've read two of my friend's books. One was a fantasy fiction/romance and the other is fantasy/sci-fi. Both are great stories and both have strong character building. And although they have great attributes, they both have to work on certain creative writing skills. 

The first had a few mistakes, nothing major, but the author head hopped here and there. Not a whole lot, but enough so that it was noticeable. 

The other, head hopping all over the place, confusing scenes and a few grammar and spelling mistakes. Strong characters though.

I think both could have been great if only the author's had strong critique partners, and maybe listened to their editors. (I'm assuming their editors said something about these mistakes).



Now, not to say my book, Lore, doesn't have mistakes. I reread the entire novel and found plenty that I plan to go in and fix, but at least I will do that. For some reason you don't see all the mistakes until you're reading your book in Kindle format. I don't know why that is?! But it doesn't change the fact that they are there and I will be working on those and re-downloading in the near future.

I do keep hoping, however, that my message gets across to new authors - no head hopping. It can confuse the reader and makes it look as though you're lazy. 


On a lighter note, Tale, is coming along great! I've written 10 chapters so far and have just sent chapter 4 to my critique partner. Once my life settles down, which should be by Fall, I will be able to go more gung-ho on the book. I'm sure it won't take as long as the last books.

I will post an excerpt from the book soon for those who are interested. Until then, keep on writing, and don't forget to get your copy of Lore!

Love, Lisa


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