By Gabrielle de Waal, Staff Writer: Do you get burnt out partway through a rough draft because of the numerous story problems you encounter? Whether you set out with a careful outline or write by the seat of your pants, it may help to tune your ear to your own internal voice.
Miguel Flores, Guest Contributor People have told me their characters “talk” to them. These fictional characters use our brains as home base but are otherwise free to explore both their world and ours. When these vagabond ghost squatters re-enter our brains, they kick up their feet, scatter our neatly organized plot bunnies, and babble about their lives or rudely commentate on ours.
Janae Leeke, Guest Contributor: World building is just backwards sociology, piecing together a culture instead of picking it apart. It asks the same questions. What is important to your people? What do they treasure? What do they believe is right and wrong?
Daniel Schwabauer: Readers are not the only ones responsible for a great critique session. While it is certainly easier to be on the receiving end, the writer has a part to play as well. Here are four rules to observe when your manuscript goes under the microscope.
Daniel Schwabauer You must commit to being both honest and specific. Everyone in the group should understand this up front. You will be kind, but you will also tell the truth. A critique session is no place for white lies, however small.