Monday, November 26, 2007
Looking For Guidance
I'm hoping you can help me as we did Genene a few months back when she was looking for help for an upcoming talk she was giving.
Myself and another writer are going to give a talk to the local writer's group about critiquing. I have felt so bad for the people who come to the meetings, read their work, and then get so many differences of opinions about their work. Especially the writers who are just coming out, so to speak, and looking for guidance. They have some great stuff, but no one ever tells them it's great they just hammer on the bad. We want to talk about asking for the specific advice they want-i.e. tone, does it flow, I'm looking for grammar help, is the character sounding too ___ .
And to teach those critiquing not to harp on a word, when it is the writers voice. Not to nitpick the grammar unless it is asked. Some of the people who come to these meetings have little writing experience and some of the people are just writing these stories to be passed down to their children and grandchildren. I can't believe some of the things that others tell them when the story should be in their words and sound like them. I guess in a way you would have to be at one of these to understand where I'm coming from.
But from you today, I'd like you to tell me when has a critique thrown you totally off and why. Also what was something valuable you learned from a critique (if you did).