Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Personal Critique Day
I've got the coffee pot on. The kitchen table is cleared. I'm waiting for my criqitue partner Ashlyn Chase to arrive. (While we're waiting you might want to click over to her newly designed website! She's the one in the elf ears. I think the pic must have been taken at last year's Fairy Ball at the Romantic Times Convention.) She writes light-hearted, sexy paranormals for Source Books.
Red Pencil Thursday has been fun here on the blog, but these days with Ashlyn are for me. We brainstorm. We hack away. We generally have fun, even when it means we have to completely redo a scene. Even though I write historicals, we're a good fit. We see different things in each other's work. And if Ash doesn't understand something in mine that I think all historical readers will automatically get, it's a red flag for me to make sure my prose is clear. If I have a "wait-a-minute" moment with her stuff, she knows she needs to give the non-paranormal reader a little more background.
I share this for those of you who are looking for a critique partner. You don't have to stick solely within your narrow sub-genre. Just look for someone who honestly wants to improve their writing--and yours!