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Letters from Proxima Thule

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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)

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