One to One Review Session February - Online Only

  • February 1 · 2:00 PM

Join us for this online only event! I will pair you with one other person to help to motivate him/her with their writing project(s) through editing, encouraging, constructive feedback or whatever other way he/she desires.  Please keep this interaction professional and pertinent to the writing project.

Remember to be timely, thoughtful and positive in your feedback and respectful of their work.

I will email you the name and email address of that person and you can begin. The schedule is flexible but should be determined by the two of you. Please also discuss how much work you would like to review and how often you'd like to review it, as long as the way that works best (example - email, blog...). Once March 1 rolls around, you can either end the interaction and sign up for another like event or continue with that same person or do both.

Have fun and THANK YOU for taking time out of your month to help a fellow writer.

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  • Robert B.

    It was terriffic and beneficial. I will do again after another round of editing...

    March 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was very helpful to share ideas with another writer. It was especially useful to learn where my intended message was not clear.

    March 1

  • Michelle

    PLEASE rate your experience with this first go at this month long session. :)

    February 28

    • Vic B.

      I found this session extremely helpful. Thanks Karl!

      February 28

  • Michelle

    This session was beneficial for me with Jane - she is a wonderful editor and writer! I was given the gift of her time and continue to work with her... my first partner bowed out, so thank you Jane for all of your help with this!!! :) Your feedback is so valuable!

    February 28

  • Michelle

    Awesome to hear from some of you. Mary has chosen to leave the group - it didn't fit what she was looking for. Jane, I emailed you some ideas.

    February 3

  • Vic B.

    Karl and I have swapped docs and begun the reviewing.

    February 3

  • Robert B.

    We are scheduled to meet later this week.

    February 3

  • Michelle

    Hi all - how is this going so far for everyone? Have you heard from your person yet? I have yet to hear from mine - Suzanne... if you are out there, please email me. :)

    February 3

  • Michelle

    Pairs:

    Michelle & Suzanne

    Mary & Jane

    Vic & Karl

    Robert & Laura

    Karen & Cordia

    February 1

  • Michelle

    Hi all - getting some questions about this Sat or Sun... is someone actually going to hold an "additional" review session in person?? I need to know where and when and what the idea is... for that session so I can make a new event for it, not to confuse it with this one.

    Secondly, if you do meet in person, peeps want to know where they can post their chapter or writing. Shall we do that on the discussion tab up above? Does someone want to get that started?

    Thanks for being movers and shakers. :)

    January 30

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm already committed most of Saturday afternoon but could be there by 4. Sunday noon would work too.

    January 28

  • Jane

    Roseville has a room but just from 3:30 to 5 on Saturday. There other rooms are first come, first serve. I would have room at my apartment, however, not my table space.

    January 28

    • Jane

      I mean their other rooms!

      January 28

    • Karl J.

      Jane, I see the Roseville Iibrary opens at 10:00 on Saturday and noon on Sunday. Would we be likely to get a 'first-come/serve'­ room at either of those times? If so, let's do it! Anyone who wants to can post a sample of their work, then meet to discuss. Simultaneously, a much more in-depth exchange and review will begin 1 on 1, facilitated by Michelle.

      January 28

  • Karl J.

    At the risk of sounding 'full speed ahead' just as we reach the dock, I propose we meet as a group, do a brief roundtable critique of a small sample of each person's work, and then break for 1 on 1 critique. From past and recent experience, I can assure you every new perspective adds something valuable to each work. Of course, if this is not your style, nobody's going to make you. I see this happening only if most or all agree.

    January 28

    • Jane

      I like this. I am at library. Would anyone like me to see if I can reserve a room at Roseville library for this Saturday?

      January 28

    • Michelle

      I think this is a great idea if someone wants to host it. I just don't have the time to do this ...during the school year. The online system works best for me.

      January 28

  • Jane

    I am at Roseville Library Tues Eve at 7:00 till about 8. If anyone wants me to see about reserving a room. let me know. I'll keep this window open.

    January 28

  • A former member
    A former member

    I also joined WritePower and they have an excellent policy that addresses the concept of rights. It is informal but for our purposes feels fine to me as an author. Karl mentions he is an attorney (as am I) and might have suggestions. Karl...do you work in this area and have specific thoughts?

    January 27

    • Karl J.

      I've thought about the practical aspects: if anybody would like to 'steal' my work, edit it and polish it to the point where it was marketable, wow! I'd have to pay a fortune to get somebody to do that, so if you will do it for free, knock yourself out. I think there is no practical risk in making manuscripts available for public comment; the value lies in the writing and editing, two things which can not be stolen. (without being busted)

      January 27

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Karl! Well said. I look forward to reading your work.

      January 28

  • Karl J.

    My jihad-thriller 'Enemy Generation' is almost ready for sale. One more polishing, or maybe two. Or three. First Q: read the pitch and the first page(s). Are you pulled in? Second Q: language, word choice, sentence structure: does it read smoothly? Third Q: are the main characters real and sympathetic?

    January 15

  • Robert B.

    Yikes! It seems like everyone else has written an epic novel. I am probably the newbie here, and need constructive criticism not only in the details, but the overall construction of the book ie.front/ back matter. chapter outlining etc. I have a pretty good idea on how things work, but it would be nice to have other eyes on it. I'm not 100% sure of the genre either, ie. YA, mystery, fiction etc. Page count? I don't know how you determine this, but I have around 80,000 words. My book is like a cross between Indiana Jones and James Bond, where the main character has to be inventive to escape the perils he seems to be constantly in. A United Nations archeological dig team in North Korea discovers a rock with glyphs on it that was interpreted to indicate treasure. Treasure corrupts people, and so countries, corporations and the CIA exhaust countless resources to find this lost treasure. My main character is an expert in biology, geology and rock climbing with a major flaw..

    January 13

    • Michelle

      We can help you ... :) Don't worry :)

      January 13

    • Karl J.

      Wow. Your novel sounds awesome, Robert. I'd call it a thriller--thrillers are (as far as I can figure out) action-mysteries with interesting (thrilling) plots, as well as characters. It's good to be a thriller: in publishing, 'thriller' is synonymous with 'success'. Sounds like a lot going on in your novel. I'll be interested to see how you pack it all into 80k words.

      January 15

  • Karen

    I've got 80,000 words in on a literary historical fantasy set in 780's Denmark. On one level, it's a fantasy with magic and land-spirits, and a clash of Dark Age cultures -- Pagan Danes and Saxons vs. Charlemagne. On another level it's a cautionary tale of Empire and religious fundamentalism. It's a complex story. What I need is a) feedback (does the plot track? Does the reader get lost? Is it too 'on the nose' or polemical?), and b) encouragement. I'd like to run a mix of polished sections and rough drafts by one of you. What I have to offer: Amongst the many hats I wear is that of a 'book doctor.' I've edited several books for publication. My particular gifts are speaking to plot structure and underlying theme. I prefer editing F/SF, history, or thrillers.

    January 15

  • Vic B.

    I have a futuristic US health care and corporations gone wild novel that I'd like to examined. It is the first of a trilogy and ready for copy editing I think. So is the second in the series and I'm working on the final novel. It is rather long, around 600 pages or so. Sci-fi more or less fits it. I'm open to all kinds of help, from plot, character development, to copy editing, whatever my partner would like to provide. If it is too lengthy for this meeting, I'm open to only doing a portion of the book.

    Michelle, I had a laugh at your post comment that in the next half year we'd have read everything. Why? I'm in the process of revising my some thirty published novels and am in the writing stage of eight others and all tend to run in the vicinity of 500+ pages. I can't seem to stop writing, lol

    January 13

    • Michelle

      I mean that we would have read (maybe?) something of everyone's work.. :)

      January 13

  • Cordia P.

    One of the many things that drew me to this group, being online. At some point, sharing a glass of wine would be wonderful. The WIP I want to share is "Epic" Fantasy. Like Game of Thrones. Worldbuilding, non-technological society. Told in 1st person, from a 16 year old POV female character. Reads fast. Violent, hopefully to an acceptable standard. Long. Am driving through the last chpts (3 X last 12 months) and hope to be under 600 pgs. Would like to stay in YA category, but not at the expense of the story. Trilogy.

    Editing maniac with my own work. Right now am pushing 80 + pages ahead of current draft. Not re-reading or tweaking. Have no problem heaving this much into my unused file. Had two agents for this work in previous incarnation, before YA explosion. Worked with great RWA critique group then. Can behave myself. Mostly, LOL. Don't want babying. A good partner would have grit. @MorgynStar on Twitter. Lots of cool links.

    January 13

  • Michelle

    I am working on my second book (fiction). It's about 192 pages, but it's going through another revision. It's supposed to be for adults, and it's a romance and self discovery. I am very very open to new ideas, hearing feedback, input and editing. :)

    January 12

  • Robert B.

    Fortunately, or unfortunately I have written a novel. I'm in the editing process and to me I feel that editing is more work than the original draft. Anyone else feel this way after months of writing/ editing?

    January 6

    • Karl J.

      I heartily agree. Editing involves rewriting, a piece at a time, the entire work. Several times? I'm not sure when I'm done. Actually, I'm pretty sure I'm NEVER done.

      January 6

    • Michelle

      I also agree.. been working on my book since 2005 - yikes! A long long time... full of editing and re-editing... but I really really want to finish it. :)

      January 6

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