Our first week has breezed by and what a kick-butt launch. The facebooking and tweets have been screaming through the internet. Thanks to all my girlfriends. I’m honored and humbled to be among you. Here’s to the Girlfriends Book Club. Long may we read, write, and kvetch.
In my welcome message, I mentioned we’d have weekend content. You can expect to read interviews and guest blogs soon.
Until then, I’ll share some relevant links and other musings with you so you can get in the habit of checking in with us on the weekends.
Critique Groups: Is Brutal Better?
What’s on my mind this week? Critique groups. I’ve belonged to one for over six years and I love it. Occasionally, though, everybody gets too cozy and the criticism becomes too tame, i.e. “I love this and it would be just perfect if you fixed the comma spice on page 12… but maybe I’m wrong.”
I once had the perfect critiquer, and I HATED her.
She questioned every damn thing I wrote, and not in a nice way. In red ink, she’d scrawl a rash of cutting words like “TRITE” or CLICHÉ or SILLY all over my prose. Sometimes it felt like she was criticizing me instead of my words and every now and then (I’m embarrassed to admit this) I’d even cry.
In the end though, her feedback made me a much better writer. Now I love her and I wish she were still critiquing me. She didn’t let me get away with anything.
Do you have a critique group? Beta readers? How is that working for you? Tips on how to run one?
I learned about two click-worthy sites this week: Book Trib (http://booktrib.com/ ) which collects some of the best book content from the web and also seems to have a pretty inexpensive and effective advertising program for authors and She Writes (http://www.shewrites.com/ ) an online community for writers.
What new book is on your radar? I loved Kristina Riggles first novel “Real Life and Liars” so I’m looking forward to reading “The Life You’ve Imagined.” It’s not an easy book to describe but it’s about the difficult choices made by four women friends when it comes to love and family. Riggles is master at characterization and reminds me of Anne Tyler but with more plot. What new release are you looking forward to?
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