Happy Last Friday Of February!
I've absolutely decided to believe the groundhog this year. Enough of this winter thing already.
So, a fun round, yes? And some good feedback; as always, thank you for giving your time to this community.
I did notice this time that the HUGE amount of page views didn't line up with the number of crits tumbling into my inbox. I'm wondering--and hoping I'm wrong--if some people felt intimidated by the "agented" or "published" status of the entrants.
All writers have first drafts, full of warts and bumps, that need a critical eye. All writers have second and third drafts that STILL need a critical eye.
Please don't hesitate to offer your critique to any author based on a sense of "well, he/she's agented, so what can I possibly offer?".
You can offer A WHOLE LOT.
Just sayin'. I love (love! love!) this community, and I want you feel free to offer whatever you have here.
And I'm not saying this because I've "arrived" somehow. Yeah, I fall into the "agented" category now, but I still struggle with feeling woefully inadequate when critiquing manuscripts for my crit buddies.
I mean, some of them are published already. Some of them have been writing longer than I have. Some of them are supernatural beings.
Okay, not really. But you know what I'm saying.
So please. Words are words, regardless of who wrote them. Never hesitate to offer thoughtful critique.
Speaking of which: Write On!, our new blog for teens, is having its very first Are You Hooked? round this weekend. You are WARMLY INVITED to pop by and offer your critique to these brave teen writers! There will be a maximum of 10 entries, so it's not a truckload of reading.
And I know these aspiring authors would greatly appreciate your feedback.
Anyway, the posts will be up Saturday morning. Thanks ahead of time for anything you can offer!
And HUGE thanks to A Writer Gone Mad, affectionately known as "Mad," for running the crit round. She and Lizzy (forum manager) daily remind me how awesome teens are, and why it is I write for them.
Have an awesome weekend!