Thursday, January 22, 2009

Be Careful What You Ask for...

You just might get it.

For the past year or so I have been praying for critique partners. Not just any critique partners, but partners who would understand my brand of Science Fiction Romance, and who would challenge me to write at a higher level. Well, my prayers have been answered... with some unexpected results.

Recently, Linnea Sinclair offered to set up a file for patrons of her Intergalactic Bar and Grill to use to critique each other. That's a good thing. Considering the number of her patrons who are: 1) writers; 2) techno-geeks; and 3) really know their Science Fiction and Romance, it's a really, really good thing. And did I say, that although they won't hesitate to hold your feet to the fire, they are a very nice group.

Since fools rush in where angels fear to tread, I quickly uploaded the prologue of my WIP, The Husband. I was soon facing some very penetrating questions. Oh my gosh, I had to seriously think to answer them. I have known for some time that The Husband will be controversial. Better to confront some of the questions now, so that I can hopefully deal with the hypothetical fan at some point in the future.

Next, I got a detailed critique from one partner, and another is on the way. Eeeek! She used Mark-up and Track Changes in MS Word. Bill Gates, I don't know nuth'in 'bout no Track Changes and Mark-up! For the past few days I have been studying the Help section of MS Word trying to learn everything that I can about that aspect of Word.

Let me tell you, writing is tough, especially when you have to learn Mark-up and Track changes. But you and I need to do it anyway. And if you're serious about your writing, you need critique partners too.

Gotta run, the Supreme Pasha Zackery has served notice that he wants to go star gazing, and he wants to go NOW! :-D

Happy Writing,

Writing Science Fiction Romance
Real Love in a Real Future


JC Jones said...

I just read your prologue for The Husband. Hope you finish and find a publisher. I want to read the rest.

JC Jones

Frances said...

JC, Thank you so much. I am so glad that you liked it. Drop me an e-mail. You'll find my addy on my profile page. I'd really like to talk to you. :-)