Critique Groups: Here There (Might) Be Sharks

  At least three times over the years, I’ve posted on my personal blog a paean to critique groups. And once more I repeat: My critique group is a necessary part of my writing life. Before I joined my first critique group, I was floundering, rewriting the same material over and over, trying to remember—does this scene … Continue reading Critique Groups: Here There (Might) Be Sharks

Why I Still Go to Critique Group and Can’t Afford to Stop

  I said to my critique partner this morning, The whole project is stinky it stinks it’s just nothing no hope. She read chapter 13 and said, But it’s so good so funny Molly is so funny it’s not stinky. I said, Yes, the first part of chapter 13 and the last part of chapter … Continue reading Why I Still Go to Critique Group and Can’t Afford to Stop

ROW80 01.08.12 and Excuses

Here's my progress report for the first week of January: On Tuesday, I attended Austin Mystery Writers. I had not submitted anything for critique, but I took a bit of the newsletter I was editing for CP to proof. My printer had cut off an inch or two on the right side of the document, … Continue reading ROW80 01.08.12 and Excuses

It’s not an excuse. It’s a reason.

The last time William appeared here, he had sat on the keyboard and turned the working title into gobbledygook. I suppose tonight's activity is progress. Yes, I know it's progress. Because a year ago at this time, his hobby was lying across my lap and biting my fingers. Lunge-chomp-lunge-chomp. Tonight he's helping. But Just for … Continue reading It’s not an excuse. It’s a reason.

Just for the Hell of It Writers adopt motto*

*Motto: a short phrase that usually expresses a moral aim or purpose. Or, in this case, an immoral aim or purpose. Or an amoral one. Whatever. Anyway, writing is high on our to-do list, and tomorrow is most assuredly another day.** **JFTHOI Writers--at least the one responsible for this blog--hope readers understand that (1) irony … Continue reading Just for the Hell of It Writers adopt motto*

Retread: Why I go to critique group

I said to my critique partner this morning, The whole project is stinky it stinks it's just nothing no hope. She read chapter 13 and said, But it's so good so funny Molly is so funny it's not stinky. I said, Yes, the first part of chapter 13 and the last part of chapter 13 … Continue reading Retread: Why I go to critique group

A nice turn of events

I learned yesterday evening that my story "Personal Experience" won the second place prize in the Fiction: Short Story category of the 2010 Brazos Writers Writing Contest. My critique partner's story, "Taffy Lomita," won first place and will be published online. CP and I are officially Pleased With Ourselves. I've given myself permission to remain … Continue reading A nice turn of events

Les Liaisons Dangereuses, or The writerly thing to do

Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance.  ~Dan Greenburg I returned home from Just for the Hell of It Writers filled with enthusiasm for the next assignment. Sat down in the recliner, put my feet up, booted up the laptop, read e-mail, checked a couple of … Continue reading Les Liaisons Dangereuses, or The writerly thing to do

Silver Linings

After yesterday's post, I believe I owe it to you--and to myself--to write about my Silver Linings. When I got home from Just for the Hell of It Writers (by way of the grocery store) this afternoon , I found a FedEx tag clipped to the door. Two packages, it said, had been delivered to … Continue reading Silver Linings

An Ever-widening Wilderness

Okay. Enough of this sweetness-and-light, writing-is-my-life, revising-is-a-glorious-process, retreats-are-so-inspiring, the-daily-miracle-will-come baloney. Writing stinks. Last night, no matter how hard I tried to make the technician at the other end of the line understand that the problem was caused by a short in the ground wire on the keyboard, and was surely related to the March 30 … Continue reading An Ever-widening Wilderness