Novel Critique Partner and Writing Friend Meetup!

Novel Critique Partner and Writing Friend Meetup!

Cassandra Charles:

Go on. You know you want to…

Originally posted on Ellen Brock:


Novel Boot Camp is only a week away! Before we all get absorbed in the excitement and chaos, let’s make some writing friends and snag some critique partners!

Writing Friend:Someone to chat with about writing and publishing. Someone to give you a nudge (or a shove) when you fall behind on your goals. Someone to…

View On WordPress

The Rebel Without A Clue

The Rebel Without A Clue #amwriting #amediting

Ten Things The Newbie Writer Can Do Without. Every Friday for the next ten weeks, I’m going to upload a post to this blog series. How exciting!

Two: The Rebel Without A Clue 

Are you feeling rebellious?

Want to do something really rebellious?


Don’t get your book professionally edited.


Yep. Don’t bother with copy-editing, developmental editing, proofreading. You don’t have to do…

View On WordPress

The Naysayers

The Naysayers #amediting #amwriting

Ten Things The Newbie Writer Can Do Without. Every Friday for the next ten weeks, I’m going to upload a post to this blog series. How exciting!

Numero Uno: The Naysayers

You know the ones I’m talking about, right? These are the guys who tell you that you have NO chance of becoming the next [insert an extremely successful writer here] so you shouldn’t even think about it.

WHAT! But I just signed…

View On WordPress

Try A Little Patience

Try A Little Patience #amwriting #amediting

Patience- the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.

Are you patient when it comes to your writing?

After you’ve finished writing your first draft, do you leave it for a while, a week or two, before returning to it, or do you get on with the second draft? Do you start writing those query letters? Those queries won’t write themselves…


View On WordPress

So Why Bother With A Sample Edit?

So Why Bother With A Sample Edit? #amediting #amwriting


You get the opportunity to try before you buy.

It will give you a sense of the editor’s style and approach.

You can determine whether you and the editor can work effectively together.

Who wouldn’t want to sample these?

Some editors will provide you with a quote after they’ve done your sample edit.

It’s a good idea to get a sample edit for every type of editing you decide to get done,…

View On WordPress

I WANT One, Too

I WANT One, Too #amwriting #amediting

What is it you WANT?

I WANT a beta reader… I WANT three of them, four, even.

Doesn’t every Writer?

What do good beta readers do?

Well, they check your story for plot, character, and setting inconsistencies; they identify flaws in characterisation and plot.

They may even give you suggestions on how you can improve those flaws.

They can spot clichéd language.

Some betas will go that extra mile and…

View On WordPress


Juggling #amwriting #amediting

Are you juggling more than one writing task at the moment?

Perhaps you’re editing a novel whilst writing a plan for another one.

Maybe you’re doing research for two novels simultaneously.


Maybe you’re juggling marketing whilst writing the next book in your current novel series.

Whatever it is you are juggling, how are you finding it?

How many writerly tasks can you juggle at the same…

View On WordPress

Feedback… What Do You Do With It?

Feedback… What Do You Do With It? #amwriting #amediting

Do you ignore it?

Toss it to the side?

Skim it…? 

Only make the easiest changes?

Change everything?

A week ago I received some feedback.

What did I do with it?

I read it through for comprehension, gasping in the allotted spaces…

I read it through again. I agreed with everything that was said.

In the next hour I thought about the advice given. I then agreed with some of it.

I put it away for the…

View On WordPress


Overwhelmed! #amediting #amwriting

Yep, I’m definitely feeling it this week.


Horia Varlan

I’m at the planning and researching stage of my YA romance novel series, books one and two. Strangely enough, I’ve also given myself six weeks to complete it all…

Although, that’s not the problem…

The timeline, after all, is self- imposed and if I need to extend it, I will. The timeline is there so I don’t think I have an indefinite…

View On WordPress

First Page Friday #22: NA Fantasy

First Page Friday #22: NA Fantasy


First Page Friday is a great idea. Writers upload up to 500 words of their manuscript, Ellen edits it, and posts her critiques on a Friday. Others then get the chance to critique the work, too.
Overall, it’s a great idea, and it helps writers to improve their craft, for FREE.

Originally posted on Ellen Brock:

I just want to let everyone know that I’m uncertain whether I will be…

View On WordPress