Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Why I Love Critiques

First of all, I've never been one to share my writing. I wrote five novels before the age of 17 and it's only in the past six months that I've actually let people read them. In fact, David Levithan and the Scholastic Editorial Board were the first to look at any of my work, back in April when I submitted to the PUSH Novel Contest.

I thought receiving critique would be difficult for me. Like all writers, I become emotionally invested in my efforts, and thus criticism becomes personal no matter how hard I try to distance myself. I've been pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to work with critique partners. I may not always agree with what they say, but in the end we both want the same thing: to make our books the best they can be. So here's a shoutout to all the people who have read my work so far:

Liz Whelan, who read the first, completely unedited draft of my WIP. Thanks so much for putting up with the initial suckage!

Ali Cross, Liesl Shurtliff, Sarah Johnston, and Kathleen, my first set of beta readers. I haven't gotten your comments back yet, but I'm sure they will be awesome and incredibly helpful.

I am thankful for my CP's!!!

P.S. College applications are kicking my ass...seriously, I think I'm mentally slow or something because I do not understand common app. My English teacher laughed at me yesterday for asking stupid questions about transcripts.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

SCBWI Conference

So, I am officially the worst blogger ever, I know....but hey, college applications are due in the next month so at least I have an excuse. Things have been pretty busy lately. I'm over my head in school work/friend stuff, but I set aside time last weekend in order to attend the SCBWI Conference at the SLC Main Library.

First off, I had a really great time getting to know people at the conference. I don't have many writer friends, what with the whole being 17 thing, but when I get the chance it's so much fun to meet others who are passionate about the written word. All the presentations were wonderful, particularly Matt Kirby's speech on voice and how to obtain one. The day was rather long for me (I've got a pretty limited attention span) but overall the experience was wonderful. Also, I'll take free food any day ;).

The highlight of my conference experience came at the end of the day, when I got to meet with an editor from Random House. I sent her the first chapter of my WIP back in October. She read it, asked some questions, and gave me a list of notes and suggestions. Her input was very helpful.

Anyways, I hope you are all writing like crazy! Anybody doing NaNo? If you are, I applaud your diligence, and maybe you can share some of your secrets with me :). I have a feeling I'd fail at NaNo even if I did have extra time.

On an entirely unrelated note, I finally joined twitter. If you're on there you should stop by and say hello!

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See ya!