July 13, 2006

So, I Took the Re-Write of Chapter One to My Crit Group.

They weren't nearly as thrilled by it as I had been.

A few of them actually thought some improvements could be made to it.

I'm left with one possible conclusion: MY WRITING GROUP IS TEH SUXXOR!

Time to get with people that appreciate my genius. This is the litmus test: when I read, do people fall down on their knees? If not, I'm taking my manuscript and going home.

I mean it.

Posted by Attila Girl at July 13, 2006 11:04 PM | TrackBack

For my two cents' worth, quit asking for other's opinions. YOU are the writer, if YOU like it, that's all that matters. It's far easier to criticize than write, which is why critics are a dime a dozen. Besides, opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one. Do the best you can do, get your manuscript to the point that YOU like it, then send it off. See what happens in the world of publishing finance. One other tip: celebratory champagne comes cheaper by the case.

Posted by: clyde at July 14, 2006 05:30 AM

People are funny, but not always in the humorous way. Fellow writers are your competitors. Many see their role as pissing on your flame. That way their light seems all the brighter. Succeed and they'll be around hoping you don't remember. Until then, they take notes, making your ideas their own. Later they swear that they "just can't remember" where they came up with such brilliant ideas! Please yourself and you'll never go wrong! Now shine!

Posted by: Darrell at July 14, 2006 08:04 AM

Awww . . . thanks.

But [hangs her head] they did have a couple of good points.

Posted by: Attila Girl at July 14, 2006 08:08 AM

I agree with Darrell. There is something to the idea of asking READERS, not writers, what they think.

(back to lurk mode.)

Posted by: Carin at July 14, 2006 09:12 AM

You might want to consider pouting. The wife says she'll be glad to teach you. She says that if you pout, all of your critics will come around.

I'm inclined to disagree, but if I did, she might pout.

Posted by: Kevin at July 14, 2006 04:26 PM

They always have a couple of good points!
That's what makes them such insidious and dangerous bastards! Do you think that Hammett and Chandler DIDN"T have people suggesting little changes to "make it so much better"? Hmmm? Human beings always want to tinker with brilliance. That's the motivation for the next great work. Until then, a smile or a one-handed pump of the old twelve-gauge is all you need. And a publisher. Keep that 12-ga handy.

Posted by: Darrell at July 14, 2006 08:27 PM

I am not sure what you are writing, but the first important distinction is whether it is for your own eyes, or a commercial effort. In the later case, you need an agent to place the manuscript with a publisher and the work will be shaped by editors. For this you need a strong stomach and a thick skin. Rejections are a dime a dozen and acceptance is difficult.

If this effort is somethint you are not hell bent on turning a buck, not to be crass, a vanity press effort, all you need is a reasonably educated reader whose judgement you respect. If technical, someone who can fact check is essential. Avoid pointy-headed lit-crit types, as they are mostly writer wannabees stuck in academia. Good luck.

Posted by: Mark at July 15, 2006 07:42 AM

I hope you can find a better group

Posted by: jr at July 15, 2006 12:16 PM

In my experience, I've only found two agents that had a clue about content. So far, no editors I've run across seem to have that trait. Keep in mind: to "edit" means to take away.

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