I’m blogging at Romance Unversity today. Come check out my guest post, Reinventing the Cliche Write What You Know.
I’m super excited about this post. In it, I ask the question, what does “write what you know” really mean, and suggest an alternative application of this tired, oft-repeated piece of advice.
I’d love to get your thoughts, so hop over to Romance University and let us know what you think!
Cheers for now,
I had my first beta reader recently and after going through my manuscript and looking at her comments all I could think was why hadn’t I gotten one earlier?
I always knew why writers would suggest other writers get critique partners and beta readers, but now I truly understand the importance.
I don’t know if you’ve had experiences with CPs and beta readers before, and whether they were good or bad, but the beta I got turned out to be brilliant. She went into such depth in her comments. She was very nit picky, playing the devil’s advocate, as she would say, which is what I wanted. She was honest without being mean and I know I’m going to have a much better book after I do another edit based off her comments.
The main thing I have learnt from the experience is to not wait so long before getting…
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My writing has a tendency to go off topic. In fact, this is an extension of my general thought-patterns, I believe. It’s difficult to concentrate on a single topic at the rate that they flit through my head. No wonder my degree is bipartite.
Despite how important it is, only recently did I learn of narrative focus as by its term, and many writers might still not be utilising focus to its full extent.
What is Narrative Focus?
As complicated as the term might seem, narrative focus is simply the way the writer, through use of a character first-person narrator or third-person abstract narrator, guides the reader through a set of events.
Narrative focus might be used to describe that sense of flow between paragraphs – the way the narrator mentions a certain event and holds that event to task for a page or so. ‘Narrative focus’ also applies to…
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Describe a word. Right now. Any word. Just do it.
No, don’t give the definition! Describe how it sounds. Is it round? Is it shrewd? Is it purple? What feeling does it bring with it?
I choose the word trust. A thin metallic word, crisp. Like a sheet of tin. It firmly leaps out of your mouth. It has an edge, a sharp outer layer. It’s like an arrowhead.
Now describe a word. Just do it. Any word. Like what I did.
Relax. Cracking your back, all of your bones.
Mug. Grainy. Old. Grinding teeth. (don’t ask)
Pass it on.
You may have noticed that I’ve had a bit of a blogging hiatus. After Camp Nanowrimo I needed a blogging/writing break to focus on my family. I missed blogging and writing but the longer I spent away, the more anxiety I felt about trying to catch up. The thought of returning to my routine seemed overwhelming. What I really needed was a push and thankfully, my writing buddy Brianne (itlookseasyinthemovies) has given me just the kick in the pants I needed. Brianne issued me a writing challenge from her new blog It’s This or Grad School. She wrote:
I propose we assign each other writing prompts on alternating weeks. Responses will be limited to between 500-750 words, and will in no way require perfection, complete plots, or literary merit. It will require creativity, a response within a week, and a reciprocating word prompt throw-down.
Sounds easy enough. Here is the…
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