Writer's craft

How to get the best from a critique

How to get the best from a critique

Critiquing is never comfortable for a writer. Your ego and your dreams for the manuscript are on the line when you pass your work-in-progress to another person and ask for constructive feedback. But it’s a necessary evil – and, if you think about it, it’s not evil at all. Critiques are the route to making your story as clear and compelling as it can be. And that’s what you want, right?

‘Getting the best from critiques’” was the topic of our teach-in here at SCBWI Southeast Scotland on 27 September in Edinburgh. Click here to read the tips we swapped.

[ 6 ] October 1, 2014 |

Space

Moving to Mars: it’s life, but not as we know it

Moving to Mars: it’s life, but not as we know it

Earlier this year I was lucky to meet Bas Lansdorp, Dutch entrepreneur behind the MarsOne project to establish a permanent colony of human settlers on Mars. He was delighted that, in a lecture theatre full of Edinburgh Science Festival-goers, dozens of volunteer settlers kept their hands raised, even after he clarified that it was a [...]

May 21, 2013 |

Social media how-to

How-to videos helping authors with social media

How-to videos helping authors with social media

I am a huge fan of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and this year I’ve been contributing social media how-to videos demonstrating Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other social tools of relevance to authors and illustrators.

[ 0 ] November 20, 2013 |

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