Tuesday, September 1, 2009

100 Days to More Brilliant Writing: Week #11

Monday, August 31 - Sunday, September 6 * Days 51-55

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to select a portion of a work-in-progress and have someone else critique it. This someone else should ideally be a writer-type person, but can also be an unwitting friend, neighbor, family member, etc. To gain the most benefit from this exercise, ask the reader specific questions, such as:

What is the main character's motivation?
What is the central theme of the work?
Where do you see this scene/novel/character going?
What slowed you down?
What worked for you?
How would you improve it?

Don't forget to keep writing every day, just 15 minutes! You have 15 minutes, right? If not, try writing in 5-minute increments.


whirligigdaisy said...

Well, I'm reporting in. I wrote 5 days this week. A massive improvement over the chaos that has been ruling my life for months and months. I saw lots of problems in my writing. Yikes. I hate that. And so far, I've not had someone critique anything, so I guess I failed that assignment. Still, though. Progress is progress.

My Manuscript Stinks Society said...

Post it here--we'd love to critique it :-)

Or email it to one of us

Betty Edit said...

WOW! Five days? YOU ARE AWESOME!!!

I got my work critiqued, and I learned some good insights.

Whirligigdaisy, you should get a medal for writing 5 days, and another one for posting!

Ha ha, my verification word is walibut. Sounds like a bad joke: "what do you get when you cross a walrus and a halibut?"