Friday, February 25, 2011

Back to the Drawing Board

So I sent 4 revised chapters of my books for a critique.

Here's some words I've pulled out from the response;





The good news is that I am apparently a good enough writer to write successfully in any genre I please. Just not humour obviously.

You know I wouldn't be so upset if it wasn't for the fact being humorous is essentially who I am. Sure, my humour isn't everyone's humour and I probably do overstep the mark at times but I'm finding this pretty difficult to deal with. It's knocked my confidence a lot.

So time to go back to the drawing board or to Tescos. You know the girls would like me in Tescos I think I'm pretty easy to get along with.


  1. I'd get a second take on it before you start working behind the meat counter

  2. Is that what they call a critique? Sounds a bit unhelpful.

  3. Chin up old girl. Humour is a very personal thing.
    I haven't had a chance to go through what you sent me yet - hope to later today.

  4. Mike: I'm thinking more of the fish counter actually. At least that way my cat will always like my jokes:))

  5. Fran,

    I guess I have to expect that some people will not like my humour and it maybe that I did indeed to reign it in in the context of this story - but I think what was most unhelpful was the way in which it was expressed. I believe I am strong enough to take constructive criticism but there's a right way and a wrong way to express criticsm and the fact that it has made feel like chucking the towel in completely on this writing lark suggests to me that it wasn't the write way.

  6. Ps - aplogies for the bad gammar there Fran. I give myself 1/10 for that before anyone criticises me!!

  7. Thanks E:)

    Now that I've finished packing the incendiary device, I can answer your email:)

  8. bin it - the advice that is - get that fish counter hat off and get back to the keyboard


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