What I learned in high school English

My search for a critique partner brought back memories of high school English. Some fond, some not so much. I also remembered why I hate short stories.

If you follow my blog, you probably know I’m currently on the hunt for my perfect critique partner (CP).

“You haven’t settled on someone yet?”

Yes, I heard you say that. No, I haven’t.

And not because no one’s approached me or because I’m terrible at making decisions (though I am).

I want a relationship that will give maximum value on both sides and last at least a decade. You can’t rush into that sort of thing.

In the meantime I’m having conversations and exchanging chapters with several talented and committed writers, hopefully giving value and definitely receiving it.

In case you’re wondering I’m also still open to being approached by new people. If you’re on the fence, don’t be shy. The worst that could happen is that your house could be invaded by a herd (snap? swish? gobble?) of hungry alligators.

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This is not a blog post

A few days ago I blogged that I was looking for a critique partner. The response from you lovely people was humbling and gratifying. I’m currently talking with several people, any of whom I’d be thrilled to CP with.

The upshot is that I have a first chapter to comment on tonight, so I won’t write a full post.

If you missed my last post and might be interested in being CPs with me, please get in touch. I’m not going to rush into any decisions.

Seeking a critique partner

I’m looking for a fellow writer who loves fantasy and is interested in building a long term critique partner relationship. I promise I can be helpful. If you might be interested, please read on and get in touch.

The title says it all. I’m looking for a critique partner (CP) for my writing. I think.

Okay, I’m 95% sure I’m looking for a CP. If you think that might be you, read on.

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How (not to) get unstuck while editing

Editing my fantasy novel in progress, I reached a scene that I couldn’t make work. Here’s how I tried (and failed) to solve my problem.

Not too long ago I finished the third (and final?) structural edit of my work in progress. Which meant it was time for a scene-by-scene edit.

Everything was happy bunnies and golden sunshine for a while as I made my adequate scenes dramatic, glittery, and deep.

Then something went wrong.

I could blame work. Or Minecraft. Or poor sleep.

Really, the problem was my midpoint.

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Gregory Josephs’ speculative fiction book The Confluence is (almost) here!

The talented Gregory Josephs shares his secrets about writing, dreaming big, and of course his new speculative fiction book, The Confluence.

Guess what!

My kind and delightful friend Gregory Josephs has a book coming out tomorrow–speculative fiction with mystery! suspense! LGBT characters!–and he shared all his deepest, darkest secrets about publishing and being a published author with me.

Maybe not deepest, darkest secrets.

But secrets.

Things he hasn’t told anyone.

Okay, he probably told some other people, but I came up with the questions all on my own, so you won’t find these answers anywhere else.

Here we go! (All in his own words, with just a few extra paragraph breaks.)

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