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Tough Old Game

Meeting a writers’ group was always like sticking her hand in a lucky dip. The commissioning editor never knew what to expect. She cast her eye around the table of earnest faces of which only a couple looked over thirty

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Greater minds: Lauren Beukes on writing the other

Lauren Beukes wrote an article on writing diverse characters. She described the reading and conversation she used to research Zoo City. To write a character from a different culture or subculture, we need to vicariously experience it. It would be

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Posted in Greater minds, Wednesday Pontification, Writing

The but balance of critiquing

Most critiques take the format of positive-but-negative. Most critiquers make sure they include positive points even if they can’t find any. Different writers will give different amounts of attention to the positive and the negative. The writers that pays most

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Words Like Confetti

Rupert looked as though he’d been hoping for that question. “I love to write because words are like confetti to me. I throw them into the air and watch them rain bright colours on people passing by.” He adopted a

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Recommended Article: Ursula K Le Guin navigates the ocean of story

Ursula K Le Guin recently compiled various peoples’ thoughts on criticism and critiquing at the Book View Cafe. I’ll put the link here as it’s not a platform I can reblog directly. The main thing that comes out of it

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I’ve posted on receiving critiques, so it’s only fair to offer my tuppence worth on how to give them. As with a lot of areas of writing, different people have different approaches and I can only describe my own. Most

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Using Critiques

Being critiqued hurts. There’s no way around it. You’ve lavished time and love on your story, and you’re about to be told everything that’s wrong with it. Someone’s probably told you you’ll need a thick skin. As if that’s helpful.

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Seeking Critique

The story is now as good as I can get it on my own. It’s not as good as it can be. I’ve been through it so many times that I can’t tell the difference between what I was trying

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