Saturday, February 14, 2015

Speed... What?

Raise your hand, if you are single. (I'm raising my hand). Raise your hand, if you have a book boyfriend. (Actually, I have multiple ones, but I will raise my hand for this). Raise your hand, if you have a friend who is your critique partner. (I'm raising my hand). 

The purpose of this post, which is called "Speed... What?", is to help writers find potential writers and critique partners. 

So how are we going to do this?

It is sort of like a blind date. In the linkup below, you will... Ahh! I'm getting way ahead of myself. Let's get back to the beginning and do this step by step.

First of all, we are going to play a little interview. This set of questions will go on your own blog, and YOU will answer them. (And yes, I'll be playing, too!). 10 questions, here we go:

  1. What is the farthest stage of writing you're in? Remember that publishing (traditional or self-publishing is our goal! (Say... "currently writing first draft," "editing," "querying," "sending out to beta readers," or "published." You can say "it's complicated," if you wish). 
  2. Dog or cat? Or neither? 
  3. What is your favorite book?
  4. What genres are you most familiar with? Or which genres are you writing? (Feel free to go forth and explain in detail!). 
  5. Greatest piece of inspiration? 
  6. Previous experience in writing? (If you don't have anything to say or admit, then you can simply tell us about how you got into writing. Or you can answer both questions). 
  7. Your goal! Your personal goal. Is it to write for yourself? Or is it to write for others? 
  8. Favorite food?
  9. Favorite song?
  10. And finally, what is the synopsis of your most favorite (or greatest) work? Don't be scared. We won't laugh (unless it is meant to be humor). 
So, please answer the 10 questions in your own blog posts. Use Tumblr, Blogger, Wordpress, your own website... Anything. Don't forget to link up with us so others can see your answers! 

Remember that we are trying to set you up with a potential critique partner. That means you will have to put up a way for potential critique partners to contact you. It can be email, Twitter, Facebook, and other ways.

And... One more thing. And this is crucial, so please don't skim over the next paragraph! 

There are some rules, of course. I'm going to put them in a list, so it is easier to read.

  1. Be polite.
  2. Don't harass people and fellow authors. If they are not interested, then they are not interested.
  3. You may exchange work, but no one sends spam! 
  4. Please stay safe, and remember the safety rules of surfing the Internet. (Yes, this might be a list of rules for teens, but even adults should review it). 
  5. Remember Internet etiquettes and the rules of "don't be a douche."
  6. Lastly, have fun. 
  7. If you have any problems, please contact me or Alex. Our email is at graceandsteele (at) gmail (dot) com. 

(If you're a little confused about how it al works feel free to comment below with questions and you can check out Grace's own post right here!)

Hopefully, you'll find a critique partner. If not, then you can always ask Alex or me, we may not have time right away, but we'd love to make new critiquing friends! 

That's it! Leave your comments and thoughts in the section below!

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