Finding a Critique Group

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I’ve been asked a number of times how to find a critique group, so I thought I’d list some of the avenues I followed to find a critique group that works for me.

First, you need to have an open mind. A good friend of mine joined a mommies group after she had her first child, and she told me she was going to keep going “until I made one good friend.” I thought that was really smart. Often we join a group and, when it’s not immediately fulfilling, we stop going. My friend kept going until she had one good friend that she continued to see outside the group—mission accomplished.

After that, I think it’s a matter of trying multiple options. Here are some of the things I tried, which eventually led to my current critique group, which is everything I ever dreamed of in a critique group:


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Writing Dialogue In Historical Novels, by Adrian Goldsworthy

Great advice on writing dialogue especially in other times and places.

Writing Historical Novels

Dialogue is one of the most important things to get right in telling any story.  Done well, it helps to drive the narrative as well as making it easier for the reader to get to know the characters.  Whether the novel is contemporary or historical, the dialogue aims to sound realistic rather than actually be realistic.  If you think how much conversation in daily life is banal and repetitive then you will understand why we want it to give a flavour and the essence of how people speak rather than set down everything they say.

Characters can convey a lot of information to the reader in speech, but you need to be careful to make it all seem natural.  Even if someone in the story is supposed to be instructing or reporting you cannot afford to simply write pages and pages of explanation which simply runs the risk of becoming…

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How can you write with the kids around? Part 3

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How do you write when you have a family, job, and possibly even a life?
   Make sure you check out parts 1 and 2 first.

1. Communicate
In a good novel, you need dialogue.
Same in relationships.
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How can you write with the kids around? Part 2

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(photo by Amanda M. Bowman

If you haven’t read part one, go here:

I love telling people that I’m an author. It makes me feel like I’ve achieved something most people think is impossible. One question I get from almost everyone is: How do you find the time?
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