Thursday, October 29, 2009
I'm ready to throw up my hands and go it alone with editing. I'm getting such conflicting opinions within the crit group I belong to, and while I'm getting lots of good suggestions I also hear "you have too many details, it slows down the pace." and "you need more details so I feel like I'm there." And "what is her/his tone of voice when she/he says that?" and "you don't need so many dialogue tags."

My head is spinning!

I'll admit it freely, I like details. I like knowing how things sound and smell and look, how a shadow is cast, how something feels to the touch. It's how I write. Maybe this means I'll have trouble with getting published with Harlequin or I'll just have to compromise what I want to get across.

November 1st is just around the corner and I'm still not 100% positive on what project I'll work on, the total rewrite on Dreamer's Sea or my brand new story idea. At this point I'm going to end up doing "eeny meeny miney mo" on Sunday morning. Well, we'll see.

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posted by Ceri Hebert @ 1:53 AM  
  • At October 29, 2009 at 3:30 AM, Blogger Marianne Arkins said…

    I'll be honest... I prefer to have one or two people help me crit -- usually one or two people I know well, and trust their opinions. I used to do group crits at WVU, but they were just as bad as what you're getting.

    I have a couple people that I can email stuff to for feedback, and that's IT. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

    And how can it almost be November? October FLEW by...

  • At October 29, 2009 at 12:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Whatever you decide for NaNo, Ceri, I'm sure it'll be fantastic. As for those critters...write the way you write. Period. They're critiquing your *style*, not your story, and that's not for them to do. :) Just my 2 cent's worth, as always.

  • At October 30, 2009 at 2:40 PM, Blogger Diane Craver said…

    I like details. Good luck on your decision about what to work on during the NaNo challenge.

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