Balancing the day job while writing is not easy, but with the three D’s – dedication, discipline, and determination, you can achieve your goals. Free time is now writing time. Sleep, who needs it. Reorganize and reorganize again, then again if need be. If you’re serious, you’ll find a way to put words on paper.
Genre blending is more and more prevalent these days. To figure out where you fit in, familiarize yourself with that’s out there.
Beta Readers usually read the finished story before sent to publisher. They can indicate where chapters bog down, where they got confused and had to reread a section, and indicate if something is unbelievable. They get to know the characters and advise if they are likable. Be sure to choose a Beta Reader that reads the genre you write.
Welcome our latest addition to the Dark Oak Press and Media YouTube channel. Just in time for “Vampires for Valentines” we are happy to offer:
Special thanks to Kalila Smith for bring us these wonderful shows. Check them out, you will enjoy learning more about the haunted side of one of America’s favorite cities. You can also learn more in her book “Tales From The French Quarter”.
And the best part, we have lots more coming this spring!
Don’t forget about all of our upcoming Library Panels now all over the MidSouth. I am pretty sure we will cover a topic you want somewhere near and soon!
Check out these links for more fun:
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZeqwiRmndPqhU_ifBYuvfg
- Geek Tank Radio: https://geektankradio.wordpress.com/
- Dark Oak Press Books: http://darkoakpress.com/index.html
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darkoakpress/
When offering a critique, give two to three good points before dropping the bomb.
Critique groups are smaller than writer’s groups, usually four to five people. They trade chapters and give comments and feedback about plot, characterization, lack of content and violations of Point of View. Be willing to take criticism, but if you leave your group feeling defeated after every meet, you might be in the wrong group.