Who can you call?
Writing is a solitary job. Nobody else can put words to paper in your voice, in your style. But a good critique partner can swing you in the right direction and point out when you, perhaps, are straying off tangent.
Having a fresh pair of eyes ready to read for content as well as grammar and spelling is a gift. In addition to a weekly critique group, I am lucky to have three people I trust, in my corner, raring to go as soon as I say “Deadline!” J
Only one of the three is a writer, the other two are voracious readers and can tag a contrived plot from twenty pages. They know character arc, they know when something is dragging and boring, and they know when I spend ten paragraphs too many talking about fish in Atlanta.
I know how much time this takes away from their own day, and their feedback is critical. I thank them from the bottom of my heart!!!
I will be writing four more books this year, after having just finished Crimson Gold – a historical romantic adventure that my agent has in his Kindle/iPad as we chat. What keeps me motivated? Knowing that there are readers out there who like my stuff, and who occasionally drop me a line. I’m easy – what can I say?
ps - guess i went off topic too..woops!!