October PANorama — Critiques and Beta-Readers

Dear Readers, It’s the last Friday of the month, which means that it’s time for one of our chapter PAN members (PAN stands for Published Authors Network, a professional designation within RWA open to members who reach a certain level of sales) to visit the blog to share some of their wisdom and expertise. This month, Mellanie Szereto is here to give us her advice on critiques and beta readers.  Take it away, Mellanie! Critiques and Beta-Readers ~ By Mellanie Szereto Being part of a critique partnership or group is a personal choice. Some writers prefer to use beta readers or...

How my Interior Design Degree Prepared me to be a Writer

~ By Christine Meram “Did you major in Creative Writing?” That was a question, at a family event, that had me recollect my writing journey. How I got into writing, starting from an unfamiliar place, yet with very familiar settings. I never sought a writing career, in fact, at times, I think it chose me, through my love of storytelling. I was in my mid-twenties, finding a way to creatively express myself, outside of the rigorous and grueling Interior Design program, I had found myself. I would spend hours, compiling research about different places, creating intricate backstories for my pretend...

The First Writing Critique

~ By Marilyn Brant  Note: This post originally appeared here. In the past 13 years, ever since I started writing fiction with the intent to publish, I’ve had a lot of critiquing experiences. Some inspiring and encouraging, even while being instructive in regards to narrative flaws. Others intentionally cruel and providing very little of value, even in supposedly “educational” settings. It can be heartbreaking to a new writer to finally work up the courage to share a draft of a story only to have this offering met with scorn… And, yet, I don’t know if there’s a more effective way to learn...

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