Because I Love You
24,217 / 114,790
24,217 / 114,790
Had to give this word count thing some thought because I started over. From the beginning. With the reversed character roles. Writing from my new, improved outline. Truth is I'm less than 1500 words into a now 92,000 word target. But I want credit for those first 20k+ words that were part of the process, albeit throw-away. Like holding on to a pair of shoes I know I will never wear again. I'll give them up but it's going to take me a while. At least the weekend. Bear with me. Just for today both the word count and target are inflated by the old numbers. 21% complete feels better than 1.5%.
Got a working title. Did you notice?
It's Friday. Feeling kind of ho-hum. Let's talk about critique groups.
I recently joined a critique group. Hear all the time about the importance of getting feedback. Will help a writer to improve her product prior to submission.
Sounds good. Got an invite from a writing friend. So I signed up.
Then I choked.
This is the first time I've belonged to a critique group. From what I can tell, it's a great bunch of ladies, serious about writing.
Initially I was nervous. These ladies were posting chapters and critiquing every day. Requirement is 4 critiques per month. Minimum. Not sure I'd have that kind of time. And I wasn't ready to post anything yet. Would it be fair to critique someone else's work before I'd put anything into the hopper? And what kind of critique were these ladies accustomed to receiving? Would I say too much and be deemed overly critical or perhaps too little and be relegated to fluff status?
So I waited. Hemmed and hawed. Decided to get something posted before critiquing anyone else's work. Only I still wasn't ready. Kept working on my wip while trying to fly below the radar. Someone--Chicki!--wasn't having it.
Then my wip changed. Hit a roadblock and came to a screeching halt. Detoured into writing character profiles and a story outline. Got reenergized. Finally had something to post but it wasn't what they expected.
Instead of giving them a chapter, I want feedback on my outline. Let me describe my outline. This is more than a few notes on a page. I basically have written the story in 15 pages, giving a chapter by chapter breakdown of the whole thing. It includes all major plot points, scene summaries with some sequel, clues for later plot twists, the actual twists, the climax, and the epilogue. After reading it, you'll feel like you've read the book.
I offer this up. I'm a little surprised that folks are hesitant to provide feedback. Would much rather see the story unfold chapter by chapter. Not sure what kind of feedback they can give to an outline.
I'm looking for input on things that don't work; holes in the plot; inconsistencies; characters who need a bigger or lesser role; satisfaction of beginning and ending...things like that. Big ticket stuff.
I didn't intend to be a rebel when I joined, to change the status quo. I'm hopeful I'll get some good feedback. I know I can count on Chicki to tear that thing apart. (Hope you don't mind me calling you out, Girl!) Maybe one or two others. And that will be fine. I'll take their feedback, digest it, incorporate any changes that will strengthen the story. Then it's off to the keyboard! Time to tap my way from "Once upon a time" to "They lived happily ever after. The End".
If it doesn't work, then I think I'll bow out. I'm still working through my process. The chapter by chapter feedback thing is not me, at least not while I'm writing. I want to write the story without thinking about revising each chapter as I go. I'd rather get the whole thing out before I have to face things like POV switches, incorrect grammar, wordsmithing, show vs. tell, etc. Then I'll seek and appreciate more detailed feedback.
Are you in a critique group? How does your group work? How do you incorporate being part of the group into your writing process?
Peace & Blessings,
Peace & Blessings,
Stay focused. Be deliberate. Believe.