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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Looking for Criticism

I lack substance to blog about this time around, but it has been five days, and I told myself I would make sure and blog at least twice each week right now to practice writing.

I progressed well this weekend on chapter one.  I set a goal each night for the number of words to write the last three nights.  I kept on track better with these miniature goals.  Friday did not go as well as hoped (board game night!), so Saturday I set a small goal of 500 words and surpassed it by writing over 650 words. 

For today, Sunday, I set a goal of 1000 words.  This may be tough to hit.  We had a busy day today and I got called into a meeting at the day job tonight.  Plus I am writing a blog post.  Perhaps I can count blog words toward my goal?

As I finish up Chapter 1 of the short story, I wondered if anyone out there would be interested in reading it and providing feedback?  Instead of posting the work on the blog like I posted in the past, I would like to see who is interested in reading specifically to give constructive criticism as I move forward with the story.  I still feel new at writing and want to improve.  There is no way to track who downloaded the previous chapter, and feedback is sporadic with no way to follow up with downloaders.

I read an article today about J.R.R. Tolkein's "writing tips" (you can view here ).  Number three on the list of tips is "Listen to Critics."  I realized I have a couple critics in my life willing to give constructive feedback, but I desire more at this point in my writing.  I want to know what I need to improve on as well as what works well I need to continue to use.

Would you be interested?  For other authors, I would be happy to do the same.  If interested, please find me on Twitter or leave a comment below so I can get in touch with you.  I expect the chapter to be completed (with basic proofread) within the week.

I know there are some out that offered the same earlier in the year.  If you are still on board, please remind me.

Thank you again for reading!