Can I just say, or plead, if you are a self-published author please don’t use these PR firms to accumulate reviews for your book! (You’re wasting your money, you know?)Read More If I Don’t Know You…Don’t Ask Me to read your Crap Book: Part 2
This is where the rub is. I’m finding people confusing view point character with protagonist. Just because you are in a character’s head (or mostly so) doesn’t mean they are the protagonist of the tale.Read More Sorry, Gilgamesh, but Not Sorry
What ever a critiquer gives me, I just want it to be real. I want the realest picture of the reader’s viewpoint as I can get. I want a little shared empathy, some mind melding.Read More Sandwiches and Critism
“Science fiction should always fully explain the science behind everything they are doing, no matter what! People read science fiction for the realism. If they didn’t want to think too hard, they’d read fantasy.”Read More Respect Genre–Respect the Audience
I view people putting their bullying opinions out there like a flasher in the park. They run up, show you stuff that is none of your business to be seeing, for the purpose of making you feel uncomfortable. So, in my opinion, overt your eyes. Don’t be a voyeur to internet exhibitionism. They are trying to violate your boundaries.Read More Don’t Stir the Pot: letting bad reviews die
With all that said, here’s what I think should be happening in a writer’s group, and here is what I tend to do when I put up something for review:
1- I bring a pen and paper.
2- I shut up!
3- I listen.Read More Dear Defensive Writer: Shut Up!
…are Creative Writing courses preparing writers to navigate publishing on a professional level? Are the students leaving university with a Creative Writing degree and understand the ins and outs of their industry?Read More Ask Yourself one Question: Is This Worth the Student-debt?
What do I mean by “the zone”? I’m talking about that, sometimes elusive, feeling of being completely connected to your work. That feeling that you are in fact exactly where you are suppose to be, in the career you are meant to be in.Read More The Zone
Those of us creatives should be able to sympathize, so innately, with anyone dealing with a loud mouth, self-depraving internal dialogue. Us, as writers, who are so obsessed with spinning dramatic and justifying narratives on paper, can often times paint the bleakest internal narratives for ourselves–for our own personal stories.Read More The Inner Critic Advantage By Andrea Patten–Reviewed
These aren’t stories…these are happenings–a series of disconnected happenings befalling upon an innocent, often times undeveloped, character’s head, without their consent, unjustly, just…because.Read More Either you get it, or you don’t.