“C” is for Critique Partner

Today in the A-Z Blogging Challenge, we plow onward with the letter "C".  I want to talk about something, or someone, really, no writer should be without....a critique partner.The "Red Pen of Death" in action.I have one, and I wouldn't trade her for all the bronzer in New Jersey.  Her name is Shelley, and she can be followed on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/ShelleyNGreene.  Shelley was kind enough to help me with this entry as well...she contributed a lot of great ideas. Now, I'll bet you're wondering what does she do that makes her so indispensable?  So amazingly awesome?  Well, I suppose that a better question would be what doesn't Shelley do for me.  As a critique partner (and I should emphasize the "partner" part...I play the same role for her - this is a two-way street), we review each other's work, looking for any obvious issues we find. What kind of issues? A lot of feedback stems from character voice and pacing issues.  Part...
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“B” is for Blog

Sorry for the lame title for this post, but continuing on with the A-Z Blogging Challenge, I wanted to do an entry on what I'm doing right now. Literally. Blogging. It boggles my mind.I have a blog...And people are reading it. Yeah, yeah, yeah, cat. I'm shocked, too.I've been blogging about my experiences as an aspiring author for less than a month, and it still seems strange to me.  I never thought I'd have a blog.  None of my hobbies are so incredibly fascinating that I needed to share them with everyone: I like to read; exercise; spend time with my husband, friends, and cats; shop.  And it seemed like all the good blog ideas were either too much trouble or already taken - I wasn't about to maroon myself on a deserted island that magically had WiFi and talk about my sunburn, and though I love to cook, I didn't have an urge to work my way through Julia Child's cookbook over the course...
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“A” is for About Me

To kick off the month-long A-Z Blogging Challenge, I'm going to start with something basic.  As a brand-new blogger (I've been doing this less than a month), I thought it would be good to introduce myself to my readers.  So, in the spirit of the A-Z challenge, I will write a little bit about myself for each letter.  I might expand on a few of these in the coming days, so don't be surprised if you see a letter that gets elaborated upon. A: Age: I'm 28.B: What size Bed to you own? We have a queen, but I would sell a kidney for king. No, not literally, so if you're looking for one, I'm not your gal.  We would probably have one, too, except that we move a lot (see "M") and never know how big our bedroom will be in a new place.  Queens pretty much fit everywhere.C: Is for Connecticut. I grew up there, and will likely...
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Gearing up for…

I'm getting excited!  Only a few more days, and then the A-Z Challenge begins!  I've figured out what I'm going to post for most of the letters except for a few, and I'll bet a few will also change at the last minute.  I figured planning ahead for this would be pretty helpful...I'm rarely creative when I'm forced to think of things at the last minute.How about you?  Are you participating in the A-Z Challenge starting on April 1st? (Psssst. Don't know what I'm talking about?  Click on the little icon on the right side of the page. ---> )...
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Just signed up for…

I thought about actually doing a posting schedule, but in reality, I'll probably post a couple of times a week.  I'm sure there will be one day that I post on more than others, but I'll wait to see how this works out.   But, in April, I will be posting every day!  That's because I'm taking part in the A-Z Blogging Challenge!  If I can get this thing to work out, there should be a little graphic on the side bar. It's hosted and run by:Arlee Bird's Tossing It Out Jeffrey Beesler's World of the Scribe Alex J. Cavanaugh Jen Daiker at Unedited Candace Ganger's The Misadventures in Candyland Karen J Gowen at Coming Down the Mountain Talli Roland Stephen Tremp's Breakthrough BlogsHow the A-Z Blogging Challenge works: I'll be posting each day, starting on the 1st, and each consecutive day will post with a topic starting with the next letter of the alphabet.  The topic will start with "A" on April 1st, and so on.  If you skip Sundays, it works...
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