Writers Groups – Critiquing Methods – The 20 Page Whack

A formidable method that’s off-putting at first (to me, anyway)

Long ago and far away I mentioned writing something about my experiences in different writers’ groups.

Okay, I mentioned it as the last line in Writers’ Groups – Critiques. I’ve been a little busy and I’m getting back to it now.

Finding a critique group (different from writers’ group in my mind. A writers’ group has a purely social agenda. A critique group has a work agenda) that’s good for you is based on one question:

What is your goal/reason for being in a critique group?

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Paul Darcy Bowles’ “StoryCrafting”

Paul Darcy Bowles’ “StoryCrafting” offers a good toolbox for writers at any point in their career

StoryCrafting is (so far) one of the best all-around books I’ve read on the art of writing. For one thing, Bowles spends a great deal of the book on revision/revising and gets into specifics; things to look for, things to be aware of, what not to do, what to definitely do, … Lots of books talk about revision/revising while not offering much about the mechanics of doing so (my opinion). Bowles also provides ample insight on subjects like POV, Character, Plot, Scene, … It’s truly an good toolbox for anyone learning their craft.

The best part of this is that Bowles demonstrates his process while honoring yours. He makes suggestions for your process and in the end, if something’s working for you and you know it’s working for you, don’t change it. Figure out why/how it’s working and make it better.

Sage words, that.
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Revision

Pesky commas, Da Vinci’s pockets and more

Do you revise? Do you get something down once then go over it again? And again and again? And again?

No, scratch that last “And again?” It’s too much.

No, it’s good. It adds emphasis. It demonstrates emotional commitment on the part of the author.

Oy!

I know musicians revise their compositions and painters revise their paintings. There’s a story that Da Vinci carried the Mona Lisa with him where ever he went and took it out from time to time to change something.

I can’t imagine him carrying around his painting supplies and, in the middle of a papal audience, adding an eyelash here or removing a birthmark there.
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Dr. John Beyer – Terrorists vs Crusaders in our High Schools

You don’t want to go to this man’s detention

Terrorism through History Author John BeyerHello all and welcome to our continuing series of author interviews. Today’s guest is historical terror and Terrorist author Dr. John Beyer. John has two PhDs in School Administration and Clinical Psychology and was a classroom teacher, school administrator and district administrator.

Were your teachers and admins scary? Maybe yes, maybe no?

Well, John was also a street cop, training officer and member of an elite SWAT team.

Better think twice before you act up in class. When he sends you to detention, he sends you to detention!
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Pat Crumpler Dishes on Vivian Wexler, Galactic Detective

You won’t believe what Vivian Wexler, Galactive Detective, has been up to. Fortunately, Pat Crumpler tells all.

Pat Crumpler Dishes on Vivian WexlerFar into the future…okay, coming on 1 Aug 2018…and far, far away…okay, Florida…multi award winning sci-fi/romance/fantasy/children’s author and artist Pat Crumpler takes our Author Plunge.

During that interview we talked about a work in progress, VIVIAN WEXLER, GALACTIC DETECTIVE (and because Pat likes me, I got an advance copy. Yeeha!).

For those who want to get the disk on Vivian Wexler, Galactic Detective, before Pat’s interview, check out RPLA Showcase: Patricia Crumpler. Pat does a print interview about writing in general and Vivian in particular.

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