The Writers' Hangout

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Mentoring and Critiquing


In this episode of The Writers’ Hangout, John and Randall discuss the fine points of mentoring and critiquing, including the importance of good grammar, voice, plotting, and the ability to analyze one’s visceral response to a manuscript.

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  1. Jennifer Della'Zanna

    August 15, 2015 at 12:12 am

    I accidentally found my way of getting unstuck when I’m having trouble writing. I sit down to read something in an entirely different genre. For some reason, within a few pages, I find ideas bombarding me so much that I *must* put the book down and go back to writing!

  2. I use that same method, Jenn, every single day. All writers were readers before they became writers, and reading provides a continuing source of inspiration. Reading outside our genres helps to keep our minds alert and our ideas fresh and diverse. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  3. I’ve really been enjoying your podcasts, gentlemen. I hope you keep them coming. Randall, I found it interesting how you carry an idea with you for months, maybe even years before you begin composing the novel. Do you write any character sketches, vignettes, or anything else during that time, or do you just keep the ideas in your mind?

    • Hi, Caleb. So very sorry for the loooooong delay in my response. As you can probably tell, John and I have both been swamped with work this year. However, in answer to your question: Yes, I frequently jot down scenes, bits of dialogue and description–anything that comes to mind. It all sounds brilliant when I first conceive it, but I find that 80% of it, when I actually begin to write the novel, never finds its way into the novel. That doesn’t mean it goes wasted or is of no use; it adds to my knowledge of the character/story/voice and is all part of the process of making myself ready to write.

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