The Gift of Doubt

Recently, I participated in Ryan Lanz’s Under the Microscope project, where I submitted the first few hundred words of a novel and received feedback on the particular scene. I’d done this before, and it really helped me rethink some of the possibilities, so I was eager to undergo the experience again. You can find the … Continue reading The Gift of Doubt

Another Round of Critique

I know why I do this to myself. There's nothing like comments, complimentary or otherwise, from real readers. Readers who have never seen the work, who are coming to it with fresh eyes and giving me their honest responses. It's why I like Ryan Lanz's Under the Microscope feature so much, and this week, it's … Continue reading Another Round of Critique

Reactions to being Under the Microscope

Writing a novel is a journey. Bring along friends. I try to look for opportunities to share my writing with others. Writing can be lonely work, and if it’s just you and the computer screen, you can easily forget how an uninformed reader will respond to what you’ve written. This is partly why I blog, … Continue reading Reactions to being Under the Microscope

Beyond Plot: Making a Scene Real

This weekend, I submitted the opening scene of one of my sci-fi/fantasy novels to Under the Microscope. Prior to submitting, I took a hard look at the scene, trying to anticipate its weaknesses, and I thought I’d share the before and after. I’ll keep you apprised if the scene gets accepted. The first version focused … Continue reading Beyond Plot: Making a Scene Real

Scene Building: Beyond Beginnings

This week, I was delighted to come across Ryan Lanz’s new project, Under the Microscope, in which he gives feedback on the opening paragraphs of writers’ works-in-progress. They submit the first three hundred and fifty words or so, and he offers them free advice in an open forum where the readers get to learn along … Continue reading Scene Building: Beyond Beginnings