Writing

In search of…

Feedback is always good.  Story critiques from a friend (preferably a brutally honest one) allow a writer to get outside their own head and view their piece the way others will.  It allows another person to see and point out things that the writer is blind to.

I used to send my pieces off to my brother.  While sometimes it took a few days, maybe even a week, he would often send back a line-by-line edit.  It was an amazing gift for me.  He was very good at pointing out what I did well, and what I needed to work on.  It gave me new confidence in my pieces, and allowed me to perfect them as well.

But now Michael is in California.  Happily starting to live his dream of being a filmmaker.  And I’m delighted for him.

Only…now I don’t have an editor.

So I said all of that to say this – I’m in search of a writing buddy.  Someone I can send my works to and they can send theirs to me.  We can critique each others work and help each other perfect our pieces.

I am well aware that this is a dangerous request.  Authors are generally known to be very sensitive when someone speaks negatively of their work.  I hope I am not that way, but if it came across in the wrong way, I’m sure I would feel the sting as well.

But I really feel having someone to bounce a story off of – well, it’s just plain necessary.

So if you would like a writing buddy as well, send me an email or comment here.  I can send you excerpts of my work if you’d like to check my stuff for quality first.

Thanks!

~Alexis

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6 thoughts on “In search of…

  1. I know the feeling. I do the same thing, except on facebook. I get the typical “ooh, it’s good,” reaction. Which is nice, but doesn’t quite satisfy me.

    It’s also quite entertaining when people read my typically dark themed works and comment on how bleak they are. 😉

    1. Most of my works are also dark… except the one project I’ve taken up as my main focus… It’s a more palatable YA romance that I’m writing to get a publishing credit… Of course, I’m not completely selling out… It’s a bit more unique than most people would think. What kind of darkness are YOU talking about, though?

  2. Hey, I’m all for trying new things – especially if it’s something out of the norm for me. I think it’s good to try not to get stuck in one rut for your whole writing career.

    I guess when I say I write ‘dark’ stories, I mean primarily stories where the MC dies a horrible death. Or loses everything. My most favorite MC is the one who hates himself, lives a lie, etc. *shrug* It’s just something I enjoy writing. I have a hard time writing a ‘happy ending,’ if you know what I mean.

    Saw where you have posted the first chapter of your YA romance novel. I’m going to try to give it a read sometime soon – I’m very curious!

  3. “Someone I can send my works to*…” 😉

    Miss you. Looking forward to reading Still Their Protector when I get the time.

  4. Haha, see! I’d be lost without you, bro! 🙂 Thanks for stopping in though. And I’d love for you to give Still Their Protector a read. 🙂 Think I’ma submit it sometime in the next few weeks (I’m in no rush – deadline isn’t until like July).

    How’s things in LA?

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