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Crit responsibly

OOh I dislike getting a critique that says: “I don’t read Fantasy. I don’t care for these characters, but people who read Fantasy might like them.” Totally ok if you don’t like the characters, but WHY? How can I fix it? What was missing? The whole *shrug*, I don’t have to try to provide a …

Writing reference books: A love story

I’ve decided to take up a new hobby. There are two series of writing reference books that I would like to own. I looked in to buying them on-line, but the shipping charges are outrageous. Edmonton has a wonderful abundance of used bookstores, so I’m going crawl through them to find copies. Hey, it’s winter. …

Was it something I said?

I’ve been hanging out over at the Absolute Write forums, having a few things like my first chapter, query, and synopsis critiqued. Also doing some critiquing of other work. I’ve noticed a pattern: I fundamentally disagree with most of the other reviews. If it was just of my work, I could believe I’m just being …

Query Letters: This, too, is a dark place of the earth

Trying to write a query letter feels like second quarter calculus. I can recognize the numbers but they don’t come together in any way that makes sense. Both things fill me with frustration and rage. *sigh* I’ve had two attempts completely gutted on critique forums. It is nice to have people who understand the conventions …

Trying is hard

Some of my feedback has mentioned that I’m using some hard words in my first chapter. (Proscription, mein, geis, for example). As a reader, how do you feel about uncommon words? Is it distracting and annoying, or do you like them? Indifferent? Depends?