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The Five Stages of Critique: A Guide For Beta-Readers

November 4, 2016 by


So the writer in your life asked you to read something and give them your opinion. It’s all going well until you mention something that didn’t quite work for you. There’s a faint frown. This is the writer entering the first stage of response to critique. The first stage is always defensive: Let me explain […]

If I Was the Whiskey…

September 24, 2013 by


Yesterday one of my readers* came over and we worked through the notes they’d given me on Drink Me. I kind of love doing that in person because it gives me the opportunity to wave my arms and roll my eyes and stick my tongue out at them when I disagree. Which I think helps […]

A Matter of Definition

August 20, 2013 by


So I finished the book last week, as promised.* And I’m now in that annoying, fuzzy in-between time where I wait for a new set of readers to tell me I’m brilliant/an idiot/hilarious/funny in the head/tragically misguided as to my ability to string sentences together. Arkem: I could… but I have a book to read. […]

This is Why Critique is Important. Excellent For the Ego. No, Wait…

April 26, 2013 by


I wasn’t going to work this week. I was going to do admin stuff, nap, make cookies… It was the Week of Letting My Beta Readers Do Their Thing. And then on Saturday — Me: I promised one of my beta readers a new chapter every time she emailed me with comments on the last. […]

Neil Gaiman’s Asides Are Better Than Most People’s Advice

April 15, 2013 by



I Wonder What Happens Next

April 10, 2013 by


Me: Tomorrow’s Monday! Rick: (flatly) I love you, bear. Me: I shouldn’t say that with so much glee? Rick: Yeah. It’s possible that I was a little more than reasonably excited about getting back to work this week. But come on, I knew it was going to be fun. I’ve been running through the last […]

Complete First Draft = Celebratory Jello Shots and Dancing on the Table

April 4, 2013 by


So I’m just now realising that I didn’t tell you I finished the book. I finished the book!* What now, you ask? Basking in the glory of the finished work? Anxiety spiral about whether it’s good enough? Celebratory jello shots and dancing on the table? The last one, definitely. Beyond that I decided to take […]

Not All Feedback is Helpful

December 12, 2012 by