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Rules for Anchorites

Letters from Proxima Thule


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Well, the not a real writer stuff was back when I wasn't one, just a student. Now it's just sort of standard...this stuff is weird, I don't know how to critique it. Which always confuses me.

I can see how it might be difficult for people not familiar with more poetic prose structure to critique it. If someone's not used to writing like that, they might not know how to deal with the prose. And your plotting can be intricate in places as well.

Mind you, I love love your writing, but I can see how it might intimidate people who're part of a crit group with you. I'm sure rosefox could manage it, but she's a special case, and I might be a bit biased :-)

Heh. Rose doesn't like my novels, just my short stories. Plus, you know, she charges. ;)

She liked Orphan's Tales and Fairyland. But, yeah. She charges. One of these days she'll get work doing more than just copyediting someone's fiction. That'll be interesting to watch.

Hey, I trust her judgment a whole lot. I just can't afford to pay for crit, except in trade.

I have no interest in doing more than copyediting! I don't know what makes good writing work; all I know is how to point out where something is broken.

Well, pointing out what's broken is pretty damn important.

Sure, it makes me a good critic. But I don't think it's enough to make me a good editor.

Hm. Makes me want to work with you, because I suspect you'd actually be awesome.

I have liked some of your novels and many of your short stories! The first Orphan's Tales book absolutely won my heart.

Besides, if my critique summed to "I quite like this" or "Meh, not for me" it wouldn't be worth paying for. The critic brain and the personal opinion brain are quite distinct at this point, after nearly ten years reviewing very widely in genres that are not my preferred reading-for-fun.

Edited at 2010-01-29 04:09 am (UTC)

Us weird people have experience with the normal, we were forced into it as kids. Lots of people who don't read SF and fantasy do not have experience with anything weirder than Star Trek or Star Wars, they are probably confused by all of it, and have no idea what you're trying to do.

It's like...oh, like in calculus class, when I had things all figured out, and was certain I knew what the teacher was going to do next, but she did something different, made me wonder if she was proving something totally different than what I'd thought she was up to. And then she would ask me what the next step in the process should be. I floundered. (That teacher always managed to ask me what to do next right after she did something I would not have done. Sigh.)

They are wondering what the heck you're up to, and since they don't understand what your goal is, they don't know how to help you get there.

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