Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tip Tuesday: Writing tips for aspiring authors

Tip for Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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Join a critique group! 
Once you finish a draft, it's only natural to feel a sense of accomplishment. However, you are far from done. 
Revision is its own beast, and you'll need help. Having another set of eyes...or two sets...or three sets...really helps you see the glaring errors or a plot development that doesn't quite work or a character that doesn't feel authentic enough. 

Finding a group of fellow writers and critiquing each other's work is therefore beneficial. 
How to find a group of fellow writers? 
1. Join a writer's association. Oftentimes there are others looking for critique groups in your area or even completely online.  
2. Print out a flyer or two and post them in the local library and bookstore. Ask to see if critique groups already meet at the library or bookstore and see if there is a contact number. 
3. Create your own. If you have an acquaintance or two who like to write, you can start there. 

What to do from there?
1. Decide when to meet and where. Maybe once a month? Online? At the coffee shop?
2. Send a chapter to each participant (or at least comparative pages...up to 10 pages is the norm for many). You read the chapters sent to you ahead of time and critique them before hand. Others will do the same with yours. 
3. Some groups will bring copies with them and read right there. 

No matter what, critique groups are a great way to strengthen your work and make that draft reach its potential! 

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