Critique Group Tonight

Critique group was awesome tonight. There were a lot of good comments about Will ‘O the Wisp, and it seems like everyone is excited to see the next part. I really tried to ramp up the tension and I feel kind of successful now.

I asked them ahead of time to help me work on a specific style issue. It’s a weak spot in my story telling, and I want to work on it. They took extra time to offer some tips and tricks. I’m kind of excited to try everything out on a section they haven’t seen yet.

If I gain a bit of success, I’m going to work through the whole book and make some edits. Then I’ll go back over my older works and see what I can do with them. Even the stuff that’s already been published can be upgraded, but it will take me longer to get to those.

I feel like I put a new tool in the toolbox. I’m sure I’ll have to practice with it, but I like it.

I’m not going to go into a lot of detail here. I don’t want to fool anyone into thinking I know what I’m talking about and misleading you. If I ever feel like a journeyman in this area, then I’ll talk about it.

One member of the group took advantage of the free download promotion for Wild Concept. (Thanks Jim!) He said he’s about three quarters of the way through and enjoying it. I hope everyone who grabbed a copy is enjoying it.

I still need to use my new tool on Will ‘O the Wisp. Then I need to start editing Arson and getting it ready to publish. There’s much more work than that, but I need to break it into chunks. I’m one of those that can’t do everything at once. These two jobs are enough for right now.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. It’s a holiday in the USA and most of us get three days off. If any of you are lounging around the pool, you might consider taking a look at my historical paranormal novel, Panama.


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14 responses to “Critique Group Tonight

  1. What a great day for you!! Congratulations, my friend! When you get comfy with the new knowledge, please share your tips. πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend and safe and happy Memorial Day! πŸ˜€


  2. When I was a kid there was a cartoon here in the UK that I loved called Willo the Wisp, I had completely forgotten about it till I just read your post and it brought one of those rushes of nostalgic memory that can wash over us unexpectedly at times!

    Have a good weekend. We have a three day weekend here in the UK too, but for different reasons. Happy editing!


  3. That’s awesome to hear! It’s such a great feeling when something you’ve been trying to figure out for a while suddenly clicks — e.g., you attempting to shore up your weak spot in writing. Then again, it also kind of sucks, because now you have to go back and do a ton of editing, lol. But it’ll be worth it!


  4. Glad to hear things are going well. I have downloaded Wild Concept and as a fellow rave reviews book club member I’ll be reading it and doing a review. Phnark. I’m looking forward to it. πŸ™‚




    • Thank you so much. When I joined, I was limited to one book, and decided Panama could use the push. I hope they allow us to push more than one. I’m getting close to having Arson ready.


      • I don’t think they’re going to allow me to do anything. A few days after I joined they suddenly decided to charge for membership so I think now, if I want my book to appear on that list, I have to pay $25. Otherwise, I can review and take part in publicity but my book will never be exposed. I’m not sure because I’ve had one e-mail saying it’s all as it was and I just have to wait 30 days and another e-mail which seemed to be saying that I would be in permanent limbo unless I paid up… thinking I will drop them an e-mail asking for clarification or just wait my 30 days and see what happens.

        As for the one book rule… yeh, it’s OK for me because all four of my books are a series and 2, 3 and 4 don’t really stand alone without 1. On the other hand, the books get progressively better as I get more skilled – you ain’t wrong when you say it’s a learning curve! πŸ˜‰ and so everyone has to start with my worst material… phnark… two edged sword I guess.




      • I’m in the same boat by putting out my old stuff. I know my most recent work is crafted better than Wild Concept. I’m not willing to hit the delete key and abandon something I really enjoyed.

        There’s a membership deal on right now, and I joined for $15. It might give you another option.

        Glad to know yours are a series. When I get to that point, I’ll be sure to start in the right spot.


      • Thanks. Yeh, I got the deal e-mail, which sounded as if it was just a case of becoming a member straight away, instead of after 30 days. Then I got a blog post which suggested that it’s the only way to become a member. I must ask them because I’m way confused! πŸ˜‰




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