Thursday, 11 February 2016

Cliche Ending Critiques

Hey guys!

Well, I got some great suggestions over what things people would like to have a critique of on their work after we looked at Elevator Pitches.

Sooooo...*drum roll*

This week, I want to look at chapter endings and whether they are cliche or whether they work.

So here's the challenge for you:

* Write a brief couple of sentences that cover what happens in your chapter.
* Add another sentence or two about the ending resolution of that chapter.

Oh, and if you really want to, add 250 words or less of your ending if you want the writing checked :-)


Tuesday, 9 February 2016

What do you need help with?

Since it seems that my last post offering to help on elevator pitches was useful to some of you, I've decided to start a "thing". But in order to do this "thing" I'm going to need some input from you guys.

So here's what I'm thinking:

Once a month I'm going to do a post that will help critique some part of writing for followers of my blog. One month it might be queries, the next first lines, the next...well you get the idea.

So where do I need your help?

Why, for ideas of what you would like to see critiqued. Are there specific areas of your writing you'd like to be checked over? Is it a snippet of dialogue? A symbolism aspect? Description?

I'd be happy to do excerpts of up to 250 words on any aspect you want. All I need to know is what you guys are interested in and then each month I'll pick a topic to cover (and your request will come up one month!).

If things go well and enough people want to join in, then I might up the schedule to every two weeks (let's see how we go).

Also, I'm going to throw up random "first chapter" critiques for random commenters. I'm going to choose them out of the comments from all the blog posts (not just the "critique" posts). Sometimes I'll do synopsis. Some times I might even get to three chapters if time allows. If I've picked your comment I'll let you know in the replies and you can email me for a critique, if you wish. If you don't want it, then let me know and I'll choose someone else.

Anyway, if this is something you might be interested in, then let me know in the comments and give me some ideas of areas you'd like to have covered?

Remember: this is for me to critique your writing, not just talk about craft. And because I'm nice (I hope!), I'll even offer to do some of them over email if you're too nervous to see replies in public. Just let me know in the comments and we'll set it up!

Hope you guys want to join in as I think this could be fun!