There’s No Crying in Baseball (but there might be in pantsing)

I’ve played this game before.

Even though I had a thorough outline, I pantsed my way through a significant portion of my WIP’s first draft.

Now that I am some five drafts deep into revision, I find myself pinch-hitting for Team Pantser once again.

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Critique is About More Than Just Improving Your Novel

TV sitcom Home Improvement characters Al (left) and Tim (right)

In a previous post, I shared thoughts I’ve had about my novel being critiqued by my critique group.

One post is nowhere near enough words to cover my insights on this process, which is still in progress.

One particular insight has taken me all the way back to the 1990s.

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Thoughts on Having My Novel Critiqued

Fourth (left) and partial sixth (right) drafts of my WIP

It’s the worst feeling in the world.

The end.

But of course that’s not the end at all.  Indeed, the realization of how wretched having your work critiqued can be is only just the beginning of a new stage of your writing journey.

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So, You Want to Start a Critique Group – pt. 2

(Continued from Part 1)

I’ve previously blogged about my efforts in forming a critique group.

More specifically, that post was about all the things I demanded of prospective members in order to prove their interest, commitment, and ability to do the necessary work of critiquing.

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New Year’s Resolution Redux: Taking Stock & Recommitting to Your Goals for the Year

It’s widely agreed that most people abandon their New Year’s resolutions by mid-February.

I’ve always found this perspective unduly negative and deterministic.  Yes, many people may suffer setbacks in their yearly goals during February.  Yet it’s also widely agreed that “If at first you don’t succeed…” is a valid approach to life.

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2017: The Year That Was, 2018: The Year That Will Be (For Me)

I remember during the final days of 2015 telling a friend the following:

“I’m looking forward to 2016.  Even-numbered years are always great years.”

To be honest, I’m not even sure what data I was basing that assessment on.  When I think of recent even-numbered years, no especially noteworthy occurrences immediately spring to mind.

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Thoughts on Reading Through My Novel’s Third Draft

Three drafts of my WIP: first (in the box), second (blue), and third (clear)

In truth, the title to this post should actually be as follows:

“Thoughts on Reading Through My Novel’s Third Draft and Completing My Fourth Draft at More or Less the Same Time”.

Because that is how it went down.

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Thoughts on Having an Excerpt of My Novel Read By a Literary Agent

I’ve always believed that I’m a good writer.  But at the same time, I’ve always believed I still have much to learn.

At the intersection of these two opposing ideas is the place where I wonder whether, at this moment, I’m good enough for traditional publication.

Whether my historical fiction WIP, which I’ve believed in long enough to have now gone through three (soon to be four) drafts, is now good enough to at least pique the interest of a publishing professional, let alone snag and hold that interest for the duration.

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