Hello Tuesday readers,
I know I’ve been a little scarce lately, but I’ve been working on major deadlines, revisions, and, oh yeah, the whole getting my MFA thing. Whew. Life is full. But enough about me. You guys are here for the wrap up, right? Ok. So let’s pull back the curtain on the Tuesday critique group yesterday.
For those of you who did NOT follow us on Twitter during the class, may I ask why not? Jonathan will probably ask you for some kind of note excusing your absence. Want to know a secret? He really can’t require that. Seriously. He’s been spoken to by some of the Tuesday Writers higher ups and he’s actually been sanctioned for doing that in the past. But….even if his methods have been a bit brutish(that’s what the complaint said), I sort of agree with the sentiment. Because we are giving you a rare opportunity. To see inside a functioning, successful critique group. Three of us are published, the other three are so close, it’s going to be any time now. So you might want to watch and learn.
But for those of you with legitimate excuses (you had to work, you had appendicitis, your dog needed a bath) and you missed our Tuesday Tweets, I will tell you how it went down.
First up, an anonymous person wrote in and requested a change in the reading order: so we read, according to this anonymous source’s request; in alphabetical order. Yup. Crazy right?
So Joanne was up first. She has been working on this possession story and for many of us Tuesdays we felt she’d really turned up the heat on the possession angle. Way. To. Go! We did give her feedback for ways to continue to make the main character be a more active character, but she definitely stunned us with this chapter.
Next to read was Cathy. She read an opening to a Circus story featuring a young trapeze artist. The first line was so perfect, as was the last line. Melody said she’d bookended the chapter perfectly, and she was right, but the thing is, the rest of the chapter was also pretty tight. Way to go, Cathy!
Melody read next from her contemporary realistic Young Adult novel about a girl whose mother is grappling with addiction. I have to tell you, this chapter was almost perfect. She nailed the emotional arc, and kept it tight and active. We were with the main character the entire way. Way to go, Melody.
My read was supposed to be next. Well, here’s where we had to go off program a bit. I had nothing to read. I know. This never happens, but like I said earlier, I’m in the middle of a revision and my first semester of a MFA program, so really I just needed to talk through some of my revision decisions, discuss a new project I might be undertaking, and get help on writing a note to my readers that my editor is going to put into my next book, The Secrets We Bury. So the Tuesdays lent an ear and gave me some great ideas for how to start my letter to readers. I can honestly say that their input today was so helpful.
The last reader was Jonathan. He likes to go last and with this new alpha order thing, he got to keep his coveted position. He read from a brand spanking new book, and of course it was hysterical and so smart. None of us Tuesdays know how he keeps this writing great books from the get-go, but one day we are going to kidnap him and take him to a scientifical location and do largely non-invasive tests on him. Mostly non-invasive. Well, some might actually have to be a little invasive, but it’s all for the greater good, right?
Anyway, that’s what happened in the famous Tuesday Writer’s critique group. Tune in for real next Tuesday because I will not be wrapping it up and you don’t want to miss all the fun.
Ta-ta for now,
(P.S. Parker picked out the images for today’s post)