Monday, August 24, 2009

Critique Partners

I think everyone needs a critique partner, even non-writers. Okay, those who don't know the thrill of filling blank pages with words might call them BFFs, but it means the same.

Someone you trust with a treasured possession.
Someone who knows your deep secrets, hopes and fears.
Someone who will be there for you at your most vulnerable or when floating high.

A critique partner (CP) is invaluable in improving your writing skills. Whether it be craft issues, plot problems or plain grammar your CP is emotionally removed from your story, they're a second set of eyes.

But like any relationship it's a two way street. Support needs to go both ways. you need to express clearly to your CP your expectations, what you would like them to do for you when reading your work and understand you both have deadlines, family and a life beyond writing. As for the CP, you need to be kind, highlight the positive, be constructive (not just critical), be helpful and reliable.

If you don't have one, get one - I'd hate to be travelling this journey alone.

Romance Writers of Australia have a critique partner scheme. Visit (you need to be an RWA member)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bootcampers Conference Pics

Here are some pics of the 109 Bootcampers at the conference. Enjoy!

L-R: Suzanne, Anita, Mon and Shayne at the Awards Dinner

L-R: Shelley, Anita & Mon at the Awards Dinner

R-L (back row): Suzanne, Shayne, Mon, Anita
R-L (front row): Fiona, Eleni (from 101). Nikki Logan is in the red top (apologies to everyone else but I didn't catch your names. Email me if you want me to amend)

L-R: Mon and Anita getting ready for the Arabian Nights cocktail party

L-R: Terri (Shayne's friend), Michelle Douglas (Harlequin Author), Mon on her tippy toes, Anita, Rachel Bailey (our awesome mentor), Suzanne and Shayne