Category Archives: Meeting Wisdom

Giving Your Reader Setting Up Front

One of the greatest pleasures and direst pains of being a speculative fiction writer is the world building. There is far too much advice on world building to fit in a single concise article, so for now I’m going to … Continue reading

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The Unlikeable Ones

Have you ever received that feedback before? “I just didn’t like your protagonist,” says your critiquer. Sometimes it’s as simple as using a ‘save the cat’ moment to fix, but what about when your POV character that received the feedback … Continue reading

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Keep On Keeping On

There weren’t many stories up for critiquing at the bittersweet table of judgment this month. This means there wasn’t a huge amount of feedback to become the meeting takeaway. The coup de grace is that the best bit of advice … Continue reading

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How To Receive a Critique

To follow up on my previous post about how to give a critique I thought I’d best help those bright-eyed and bushy tailed newbies with their usually even bigger fear (and yet driving force behind showing up): receiving a critique. … Continue reading

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How To Critique – A Newbie’s Guide

With newbies frequently joining the group I often hear or see them struggle with fear that they don’t know how to critique and worry they won’t be a valuable addition to the group. So, since there was no particularly significant … Continue reading

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What Came Before

Because of word limits on our submissions for critique and monthly gaps between meetings many of our members start their submissions with a synopsis of what happened before this latest installment. It’s a big help especially for people who might … Continue reading

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Too Much Of A Good Thing

Today was a pretty funny meeting. Unintended innuendo had me laughing so hard there were tears in my eyes. It was also a touching meeting, with our lovely VP taking the time to bolster the confidence of another member. It’s … Continue reading

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Filter Words

As always there was a wealth of good advice at the meeting. It can make it very hard to choose what to write about in these ‘meeting takeaway’ posts. This month I’d like to talk about filter words. Filter words … Continue reading

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Taking the Time To Savour Your Action Scenes

Happy Father’s Day for yesterday to all the dads out there. We had a very laid back meeting on Saturday (it was moved from Sunday to Saturday just this month so we weren’t forcing people to chose between the meeting … Continue reading

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War and Commerce

Hacked Fit Bits aside, this month’s best bit of advice from the meeting is to do with deeper levels of world building. Be warned this is a very simplified explanation of what is a large and complex topic that I … Continue reading

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