Monthly Archives: November 2011

Beta Comments are in

A week or so ago I sent out copies of my manuscript to get feedback. These beta readers have started coming back with comments and though I knew there would be problems, I still felt the blow to my ego. It is easy to assume you are either at the bottom of the pack, in which case you can struggle ever upward or to assume you are at the peak and nothing you do is wrong. But, as prepared as I tried to be, I found it hard to accept that I was somewhere in the middle. My writing is good enough to read but not so good as to outright impress. What do I do with this now?

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National Novel Writing Month is now, November that is. If you haven’t heard about NaNoWriMo I suggest you read on and get excited. In essence it is a writing marathon conducted each year where the only prize is self congratulations and an inner glow. To win, you have to write a 50,000 word novel by the 30th of November. The only judge is yourself. The idea is to promote writing and to encourage people to challenge their writing ability. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

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Literary Writing

If you were to ask most people, they would tell you that fantasy and science fiction has little or no place in literary novels. It may well be that it is a lot harder to convince someone that your fantasy novel is “literature” but that doesn’t mean you should avoid tackling the “human condition”; you may find it impossible to avoid it.

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Clarity of Meaning

One of the hardest parts about writing I’ve found is not coming up with ideas, writing enough words or creating characters but expressing my thoughts clearly. It is one thing to write what comes to mind and another to paint a picture of words. I’ve heard people say “you know what I mean, so what does it matter?” I can tell you what it matters.

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