For most writers, critique is a crucial part of the writing process. If you have any experience with critiques, you already know that some are more helpful than others. Here are some guidelines for giving and receiving successful critiques.
" .... as with most authors I know, writing a novel feels like I’m discovering a story more than creating one. Every one of my novels has begun with a single image. My first novel One Foot in Eden, began with an image of a farmer standing in his field. All that I knew was that the farmer’s crops were dying around him and that something was dying inside him as well. With The Risen, the image that prompted the novel was an image of a mound of leaves, beneath which was clearly a grave. There are certain beliefs a writer has to have to survive while writing a novel. I’ve always been fascinated with Michelangelo’s conviction that the finished statue already existed within the block of marble. All he had to do was chip away and find it. What I believe, or make myself believe, is that if an image emerges and I cannot quit thinking about it, then the whole novel already exists, either in my subconscious or somewhere out in the universe ..."
Robert McKee, has taught creative writing for 30 years. His seminars have attracted more than 60 Oscar winners, but are treated with suspicion by many novelists – including Tim Lott. Can he be won over?
“It’s like a slightly overweight, bald boss saying: ‘Oy, get to work! You’re supposed to be a writer, aren’t you? You can’t just sit around on your fat ass waiting to be inspired’.” Hear how David Mitchell and seven other authors face the blank page.
Being an editor is a laudable goal; editors are essential to finished works — whether in print or online, books on paper or electronic devices, magazines or journals, newspapers or newsletters, articles or essays, blogs or websites, even ads — that readers can follow and understand easily. However, it does take more than a degree…
I’m working on a memoir. It’s gritty, raw, painful and real. But the reality of grit and pain is that it doesn’t happen alone—it happens in a larger context in which other people play a role. My story interweaves with many others’, sometimes in a beautiful way, other times with conflict and painful consequences. So …
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