Saturday, June 22, 2013

Let's Talk Critique

  I'm almost near the finish line with my novella and ready to get some honest feedback. I've never been part of a critique group and have been searching for information about this. I came across an article in my search titled Can Critique Groups Do More Harm than Good? by Kristen Lamb .This is a well written article that gives the pros and cons of critique groups. 
     It a nutshell among the list of pros are that critique groups can...
  •  hold us accountable
  • offer professionalism
  • take our writing to a new level

   Among the list of cons are that critique groups can...
  • become a crutch and prevent growth
  • create bad writing habits
  • deform a manuscript to the point it doesn't have a chance of publication
What are your thoughts on critique groups? Do you use them?

Sunday, June 16, 2013

My Writing Recipe

I'm honored to be a guest blogger for Nicua Shamira at Terravereum/Earth's Truth. Nicua is a talented lady with a love of nature. (She also called me "young". She is wonderful! :)  Hop over to see my post titled  My Writing Recipe by clicking the picture below.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Friday Faves Children's Literature

 Happy Friday Everyone!
     My Friday Fave Children's Book is Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing  by Judy Blume. Peter and Fudge have the typical big brother,annoying  little brother relationship.Judy Blume is a  master at making these characters come alive. It is impossible to get through a chapter without laughing. This book was a childhood favorite of mine and a favorite of my students today.

   I had the awesome opportunity to listen to her live video chat this week. She's truly one of the greatest children's authors of all time. (Can you tell I'm a huge fan?)  I've included the link to her chat below if you missed it or are interested.

While your here please vote on my poll question  to the left and leave a comment telling me about one of your favorite children's books. You can even tell about one that you wrote if you wish.

Judy Blume Video Chat